Scope of Work
EQUANS was awarded a 40-year contract by the Regenerate Newcastle partnership to design, build and operate an energy centre at the Helix and to develop the network and connections to sites in Newcastle – offering a unique, 24-acre collaborative ecosystem and innovation hub for residential, business, and public buildings.
The HELIX district energy scheme was developed to supply low cost, low carbon heating and chilled water (CHW) to buildings across Newcastle and surrounding areas, improving the living standards of the residents and businesses of Newcastle.
Route to decarbonisation
EQUANS developed a decarbonisation plan and is looking to both optimise the current system and to introduce low carbon technology as the route is extended and densified. Heat mapping has already been completed and heat extraction from water and geothermal sources are being explored. Feasibility studies are being commissioned on both and techno-economic modelling is planned to identify the optimal roadmap to net zero emissions.
The new district heating network is projected to save 30,650 thousand tonnes of carbon over its lifetime.
Discover how our work at Newcastle Helix is helping Newcastle to meet its decarbonisation goals in our interactive video in partnership with Business Green.