The District Energy Centre

The District Energy Centre is the first scheme in a pioneering new venture to develop district energy schemes across Newcastle upon Tyne. Exploring emerging energy technologies, it is a centralised energy system for the entire 24-acre Newcastle Helix site.

The District Energy Centre

The District Energy Centre provides affordable heating to all businesses and homes on Newcastle Helix via a network of underground pipes. Non-residential properties on the site also benefit from a cooling system and a bespoke electricity supply.

It is integrated with the smart electricity grid, smart meters and on-site electrical energy storage to allow the generation, distribution and consumption of heat and power to be closely monitored and managed. The Newcastle Helix development is in the vanguard of UK ‘Smart’ developments, providing a significant opportunity to showcase Newcastle Helix as a demonstration project that exemplifies the benefits of smart energy systems.

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Project timeline
2015 In progress

Start of feasibility and business case development

2016 In progress

Project approved and in construction phase

2018 In progress

Project expected to be live in 2019

2020 Complete

Official opening on 15 January 2020

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Project Stats
Economic assets and infrastructure, Innovation
Project Status
Project Location
Project Organisation
Newcastle City Council
Project Funding
Local Growth Fund
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