A coal mine turned waste depot located in the northeast of England is to undergo a transition where the plot will utilize a wide range of sustainable technologies and several design features. The people in charge of the project hope over 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be saved annually to the changes. The £8.3 million ($11.37 million) project to update the Morrison Busty depot in County Durham will centre around constructing a 3-megawatt solar farm that will power the site’s operations.
Electric vehicle charging points will also be integrated into the development’s design with a battery storage system. Natural gas heating will be substituted with air source heat pumps — devices which, as the Energy Saving Trust puts it, ‘absorb heat from the air’ — while office buildings will benefit from new windows and doors as well as LED lighting, among other benefits.
Breaking the funding down, £5 million will come from the European Regional Development Fund, with £3.3 million sourced from Durham County Council’s Invest to Save fund.