Decentralised Energy in Camden

Decentralised Energy Networks (DENs) have been identified as a principal method for Camden meeting its 27% by 2017 and 40% by 2020 carbon reduction targets. In 2015 we devised a DEN strategy for Camden which concluded several priority areas in which they could be developed. A copy of the study can be downloaded.

The below map displays the eleven priority areas that were identified as a result of this study. The five existing cluster areas are marked in grey and the six cluster areas identified with potential for future development are marked in red.

Decentralised energy priority areas in Camden

Somers Town Energy

A Decentralised Energy Network (DEN) is now operational Somers Town, supplying heating and hot water to 339 homes across four estates: Monica Shaw Court, Oakshott Court, Clyde Court and the Goldington Estate. A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit is currently being installed which will produce low carbon electricity with a view to supplying the Francis Crick Institute, who has also helped fund the scheme. CHP is a technology that simultaneously generates heat and electricity.  It can be used in a single building with appropriate heating and electrical demands, but it works particularly well when a number of varied heat demands (for example, schools, housing and hospitals) are connected to the CHP through a district heating network. Updates on the project can be found below.

To get a better understanding of the project and how DENs work, please see our short film below.


Gospel Oak

The Gospel Oak network provides approximately 50% of the heat required for 1,449 homes across six estates, using waste heat from the Royal Free Hospital’s CHP. As a result of this scheme, around 2,800 tonnes of CO2 are saved per year.

Gower Street

Operated by University College London (UCL), the Gower Street Heat & Power DEN serves the main UCL Bloomsbury Campus as well as a number of University College London Hospital (UCLH) buildings.


The Bloomsbury Heat and Power Network is owned by a consortium of Bloomsbury universities and provides electricity and heat from two CHP units to  a number of  college buildings including Birkbeck and SOAS.  

King’s Cross

Argent has built a network in King’s Cross as part of their site-wide regeneration works. The energy centre for the site has been operating since 2012 and currently contains two CHP units with a third planned for future installation.