During the Games, the Centre will provide an efficient low-carbon heating and cooling system for venues across the Olympic Park. After 2012, it will support the new buildings and communities that will develop in the area.
The Centre will help deliver an early legacy of sustainable energy across the site well before the Games begin. It has a gas-fired Combined Cooling Heat & Power (CCHP) plant to capture the heat generated by electricity production. It will also include biomass-fired boilers using sustainable biomass fuels (woodchip) to generate heat and deliver low-carbon energy.
ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: ‘The opening of the Energy Centre is a significant milestone for the Olympic Park and demonstrates the sustainability features that underpin this project.
‘The Energy Centre will deliver essential services throughout the Olympic Park well before the Games begin and ensure a lasting legacy of green power for generations to come. The delivery of this facility is a considerable achievement and sets a model for future urban regeneration schemes.’
The building was officially opened by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, ODA Chief Executive David Higgins and Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, which will own and operate the new facility.
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