West Holborn Renewable Energy Network (WHREN)

How it would work

The scheme would use a combination of technologies:

  • Solar panels, both floating and mounted on an energy centre, would provide much of the electricity to power water sourced heat pumps.
  • Heat pumps would extract heat from water taken from abandoned flooded mines and the River Tyne, converting it into energy in the form of hot water. This hot water would be used to heat buildings in a network of insulated pipes.
  • Gas produced from wood and green waste would also be converted into 100 percent renewable fuel for the energy centre.