Manchester’s 40m high ‘Tower of Light’
Aside from its contribution to the city’s ever-growing skyline, the Tower of Light’s purpose is much more significant than most have anticipated.
The visually pleasing tower is made up of nine sections called ‘drums’. Each drum measures at 4m wide, 6m long and 4m high, with a 1.8m crown section.
The Tower of Light will act as the chimney puffing away for the low-carbon energy centre. The network will generate low-carbon heat and power for Manchester to help reach the city’s goal of becoming zero-carbon by 2038.
It is set to save an initial 1,600 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, and the energy centre will continue to be more efficient as additional buildings are connected. By the end of this year it is predicted that the tower will power multiple buildings such as Central Library, the Bridgewater Hall, the Town Hall and the Manchester Art Gallery. By sending electricity and heat via hot water – through two kilometres of underground pipes.
The tower runs off CHP, which is a highly efficient process that captures and utilises the heat that is a by-product of the electricity generation process. By generating heat and power simultaneously, CHP can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% compared to the conventional methods.
Manchester Council, have been reported to have told the Manchester Evening News that the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system installed in the energy centre is the 'most efficient method of converting a fuel into heat and power, with overall efficiency approaching 90 per cent'.
It is hoped that the people of Manchester will enjoy this for many years to come.
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