Whitehaven North Shore development
Sonas Energy worked in partnership with Sustaim to deliver an energy strategy for BEC for the Whitehaven North shore development. The aims wereL
- To provide high level strategic advice to guide the North Shore development towards a zero-net carbon scheme
- To provide a energy strategy that would not compromise the commercial benefits of the development and is intended to assist BEC to further enhance them.
- The strategy minimises energy use and maximises low carbon energy generation and storage across the scheme – to minimise grid power and included the consideration of a smart micro grid / district heat approach and battery storage
The work included design review, demand side modelling and energy options appraisal and local energy mapping.
Among the solutions examined were:
- Energy Centre CHP & Gas Boilers
- Advanced Air Source Heat Pumps
- Water Source Heat Pumps
- Hybrid CHP WSHP
- Solar PV
- Energy Storage
- SMART Micro Grids
In general these are not alternatives but a selection of technology options that will need to be combined to deliver netzero, over a period of time. How these are combined depend on a number of interconnected factors. Including:
- Technology route to zero carbon
- Carbon intensity of the Grid
- Procurement route to ESCO and attitude to innovation and creating a tradable asset
- Timescales for bringing Mark House and Hotel on stream
Conclusions of the study was that a Low Carbon Energy network for the Whitehaven North Shore Development is feasible, both technically and commercially. Consideration was also given to procurement opportunities ( either as a JV or taking to the market for an ESCO partner.