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Bonomi-owned process valve and RPZ valve specialist Ultravalve have supplied valves for a ground-breaking district heat project in Greenwich, London.


Midlands-based Ultravalve Ltd is the exclusive UK partner for Vexve; a Finnish Valve manufacturer specialising in District Heating & Cooling Valves. Ultravalve supplied the Vexve Full Bore Steel Ball Valves Flanged PN16 sized from DN80 to DN500 for the futuristic energy-saving project, which expects to eliminate 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.

The Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon District Energy Centre (Greenwich Energy Centre), will serve the largest residential new-build district heating system in Europe. Ultravalve and Vexve worked with consultants who specialise in the design, build and operation of energy-saving district heat networks and constructor Kier Group, to supply the substantial quantity of high-performance valves required for the project. 

The visually striking Greenwich Energy Centre building stands in one of London's major urban development zones, serving 15,700 new homes and over 300,000 m² of office space. The centre houses boilers, and a combined heat and power plant, which distribute heat energy via a District Heating Network (DHN) from the energy centre to each plot across the development.

Comments Ultravalve Managing Director Bill Brach: "Ultravalve and Vexve have worked with specialist UK district heat consultants on numerous other projects, but this is our most significant project to date, both in terms of magnitude and value.

"In addition to our high performance Vexve valves being virtually maintenance free, the fact that we could supply them in a wide range of sizes; from DN 15mm right up to DN 800mm backed up by Vexve's renowned fast delivery, played a significant part in the project consultants choice of valve supplier." 

Vexve Ball Valves come with a 24-month warranty from the date of delivery and, subject to being handled, installed and maintained in accordance with Vexve instructions and used only in standard District Heating Water systems, a design life cycle of 30 years.

Vexve Flanged Ball Valve Photo High Resolution

With in excess of 50 years manufacturing experience and a worldwide customer base, Vexve is committed to delivering products and services whose aim is to save energy and improve the environment, underpinned by high quality, fast delivery and superior customer service.

As a result of the Paris agreement and the funding of UK Government announced in 2015, there's now a real demand for environmental friendly and efficient heating in the UK. A report commissioned by the Department of Energy & Climate Change showed that heat networks have the technical potential to supply as much as 43% of heat demand for buildings by 2050. With nearly 30 years of experience in DHC valves combined with Nordic district energy know-how, Ultravalve and Vexve are ready to serve their customers in the UK with the best valve solutions and service.

Bill adds: "Ultravalve's ability to offer the services of a global manufacturer, combined with our pro-active and local service were also important, and we were quickly able to fulfil any additional requirements for parts or specification changes as the project progressed."

"We anticipate that this will be the first of many such projects as cities throughout the UK investigate the feasiblity and long-term benifts of district heatinf. The suitablitiy of our products in this type of environment andn the experience we have gained working on the Greenwich project makes us the ideal choice of supplier in this field."