Sunday, June 23, 2024

Construction starts on Mersey Heat Energy Centre to supply low carbon heat to thousands of Liverpool homes and businesses

Peel NRE has started construction of the Mersey Heat Network Energy Centre at Liverpool Waters at Princes Dock. Led by Peel NRE’s district heat network specialist Ener-Vate, the project is set to become a major part of Liverpool’s low carbon energy infrastructure.

The first phase of the multi million pound Energy Centre will provide low carbon heat and hot water to thousands of homes and businesses around the city reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and saving 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year – the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the roads.

The Energy Centre will be home to one of the UK’s largest water source heat pumps, taking heat from the water in the nearby Leeds/Liverpool Canal and using it to heat surrounding homes and businesses via a 6km district heating network.

Peel NRE has appointed renewable energy company Vital Energi to design and build the Energy Centre. Partners from Peel NRE, Ener-Vate and Vital Energi came together to mark the start of construction at the site off Great Howard Street which it is expected will be complete by September 2024.

Jo Longdon, Commercial Director, Ener-Vate said: “The Ener-Vate team are thrilled to be a part of such an incredible initiative taken by Peel NRE, we have been part of this exciting project from the very beginning. This heat network will be initially installed in the Liverpool Waters area but it has the ability to be scaled up to provide low carbon heat and hot water to the City of Liverpool and provide many heat users with affordable, low carbon energy. This project will hopefully be pioneering for this strategic waterfront regeneration location and beyond and be an anchor for growth along on the journey to city-wide decarbonisation.”

Andrew Wightman, Pre-Construction Director at Vital Energi said: “Projects like Liverpool Waters, which fully embrace renewable energy, will be fundamental to Liverpool, and the UK in general, meeting their net zero targets. Peel NRE have established sustainability at the heart of this development, and we are delighted to be delivering the low-carbon infrastructure.  The Energy Centre has been designed to expand alongside the Liverpool Waters development, so will play a pivotal part in the long-term green future of Liverpool’s dockside.”

In addition to the new Energy Centre, Vital Energi will be extending the district heating system throughout the area. 2km of highly insulated district heating pipework has already been installed, with the expansion adding an extra 1.2 km of district heating pipework which will run throughout Trafalgar & Central Docks and bring low-carbon heating and hot water to more residents and businesses.

We reuse, repurpose and re-energise natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK and are experts in renewable energies, district heating, waste to value, water management, materials management and electric vehicle charging. 

Our Protos Cheshire energy and resource hub leads the way in low carbon energy and waste management through innovative technologies including the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility, a 50MW windfarm, a 26MW biomass plant, a 49MW energy from waste plant in construction and a plastic park blueprint to revolutionise plastic recycling nationwide. 

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About Liverpool Waters

With an estimated value of £5 billion, Liverpool Waters is one of the largest regeneration projects within Europe and the largest single development opportunity in the city. Covering some 60 hectares and spanning 2.3 km of the city’s famous waterfront, Liverpool Waters will see the creation of a new mixed-use city district for Liverpool and bring back to life a swathe of historic dockland.

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About Ener-Vate

Ener-Vate was established in 2014 to provide independent consultancy services within the decentralised energy sector. With a proven track record within the sector, Ener-Vate specialise in the development, commercialisation and management of ESCo’s across the UK.

With a wealth of project experience both in the public and private sector, Ener-Vate supports our clients with a personal approach across projects of all sizes, technologies and complexities.

For more information about Ener-Vate please visit our website at

About Vital Energi

Vital Energi provides sustainable and renewable energy solutions in the public and private sectors and is responsible for many of the UK’s most prestigious energy projects. Vital Energi can deliver all aspects of a project from energy generation, distribution and management along with metering and billing services, long-term asset management and ESCo development/partnership.

With projects throughout the UK and offices in Blackburn, London and Scotland we specialise in helping clients lower their energy spend and carbon footprint through sustainable and viable solutions.

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