Light tower on – new energy grid to provide heat and electricity to some of the city’s most iconic buildings



Manchester’s new Tower of Light structure has been put into operation, marking an important milestone in the development of the city’s new heating and electricity network.

The 40m illuminated city center tower is a striking new landmark and the most visible sign of the new municipality-owned underground power grid that will provide heating and electricity to some of the city centre’s most iconic buildings. city ​​of Manchester.

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The network is expected to be commissioned in early 2022 and will help reduce carbon emissions from buildings and aims to support the city’s transition to zero carbon by 2038.

Low carbon energy generated in an energy hub under the railway arches by Manchester Central and delivered through a 2km network of underground pipelines will serve Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Central Library, Heron House, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Town Hall and Town Hall Extension Buildings.

The council said the hope is that the network will expand in the future and have the ability to connect to other nearby buildings – existing and future, whether public or private – thus helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

Presenting the Tower of Light report to this afternoon’s executive meeting, Councilor Bev Craig, statutory vice president of Manchester City Council, said: on is. I think that’s really important as a symbol, that it’s an example of Manchester being ahead of the curve in recent years on our commitment to tackle climate change and our journey to zero carbon. by 2038.

Manchester Tower of Light

“Start to see it be operational, from the start of 2022, with a capacity of at least doubling in the years to come and the opportunity for us not only to heat municipal buildings but also to support private and public partners in the city.

“I think this is an example of Manchester’s long-standing commitment to finding ambitious and innovative ways to tackle the really tough challenges and issues in power generation, especially given the location where we are in the country right now with our energy crisis.

“I think it’s great that this is happening. It’s great that Manchester has a visible symbol of what’s going on underground and I think it’s the start of a lot more when it comes to tackling climate change.


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