Broad Street District Energy Scheme

Broad Street District Energy Scheme is a large, commercial district Tri-generation energy scheme which features a 1.6 MWe CHP unit. The scheme’s low carbon generation plant was originally only based at the International Convention Centre (ICC) but a further 600kW CHP engine was installed at the Barclaycard Arena (BCA) in 2008. The low carbon energy is used to provide heating and cooling to the buildings connected to the scheme through thermal networks laid under the streets of Birmingham which interconnect the scheme’s buildings. 

The Broad Street Scheme’s consumers include:

The Broad Street Scheme saves over 5,700 tonnes of CO2 per annum, a figure which will increase as new consumers are added to the network, such as the New Library of Birmingham.

The ICC Energy Centre 

This building houses the energy generation plant which provides heating, power and cooling to the consumers on the Broad Street District Energy Scheme. Built at the same time as the ICC and BCA it was ideally suited to be adapted to house the first BDEC CHP unit. As the Broad Street Scheme expands, this Energy Centre will be supplemented with further satellite Energy Centres (such as the new BCA CHP) in strategic developments connecting to the scheme. These additional Energy Centres will thermally link into the networks serving the core buildings along Broad Street. 

Connection to Birmingham New Street Station and John Lewis department store

Working with Network Rail, BDEC successfully connected the Broad Street heating network to the newly refurbished Birmingham New Street Station. A new 1.6MWe CHP engine was installed as part of the project providing both BNSS and the new flagship John Lewis Partnership store with a low carbon heat and power supply. The connection to the station and John Lewis store allows the interconnection of the existing schemes across Birmingham City Centre, integrating the Broad Street and Aston District Energy networks. This enables longer operating hours of CHPs (reducing imported electricity) and improves operational efficiency, resulting in additional city-wide capacity, resilience and an anticipated further 3,000 tonnes CO2 saving.