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Camden & Islington Councils Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre

Case Study: Camden & Islington Councils Refuse and Recycling Centre

Case Study: Camden & Islington Councils Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre

Discover how Shadow Industrial helped Camden & Islington Council are lead the way with Industrial Infrared Heating.

Project Overview

Camden and Islington Councils, embarked on a pioneering initiative to upgrade the heating system at the jointly-owned Hornsey Street Refuse & Recycling Centre, as part of a sustainability project. Teaming up with us at Shadow Industrial (SI), a prominent infrared heating specialist, and Principal Contractor, Vital Energi, the councils aimed to revolutionise the facility's heating infrastructure while aligning with their ambitious Climate Action Plans.

The Challenge

The existing heating system, spanning 300m2 and reliant on AmbiRad fan heaters, posed significant challenges in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact. Camden and Islington Councils sought a solution that would not only reduce energy consumption but also advance their objectives for achieving Net Zero operational emissions by 2030.

The Solution

Shadow Industrial's cutting-edge infrared heaters emerged as the ideal solution, recommended by Vital Energi for their exceptional performance and sustainability benefits. In contrast to traditional heating methods, SI's zero-emission heaters utilise shortwave infrared technology to deliver targeted warmth directly to individuals, minimising heat loss and maximising efficiency.

Our Heater System at Camden & Islington Councils Reuse and Recycling Centre

We provided a carefully designed heating specification with multiple heating zones using two types of heaters from our Industrial Heater range. These zones consider how the space is operated and how to maximise heating efficiency based on where workers are using the space.

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Key Benefits:


The installation process, overseen by Vital Energi, was streamlined and efficient, with SI's plug-and-play heaters proving easy to install and operate. With minimal disruption to daily operations, the new heating system was up and running within six weeks, enhancing comfort and productivity across the facility.

"Shadow Industrial's technology impressed us with its capabilities and low operational costs. It's a massive contribution to our emissions reduction efforts."

- Graham Hughes, Islington Council

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"I highly recommend SI heaters for their ease of installation and professional appearance. They've helped us stay on schedule and minimise disruption."

- Ben Pasifull, Vital Energi


The successful implementation of Shadow Industrial's infrared heating systems at the Hornsey Street Reuse & Recycling Centre marks a significant milestone in sustainable heating technology. By embracing innovative solutions, Camden and Islington Councils have not only reduced their carbon footprint but also set a precedent for future industrial heating projects.


CEO Stephen Levy Q&A

What sort of technologies will SI be providing under the agreement and how long have these systems been on the market?

Under the agreement, Shadow Industrial (SI) will be providing zero-emission, high-performance shortwave infrared heaters. These heaters are designed to deliver instant, targeted warmth with high energy efficiency and low operational costs. Shadow Industrial's role includes surveying, specifying, and supplying the products, which are then fitted by the customers' own electricians. We also provide warranty and ongoing support for their systems.

Shadow Industrial Infrared Heating Systems was established in 2022 to meet the increasing demand for eco-friendly industrial heating solutions. Leveraging over 20 years of experience in the infrared heating sector, we scaled up our technology, which was originally developed for smaller commercial and domestic heaters. This experience comes from our sister company, Heat Outdoors, which has long been an established market leader in the industry.

With regards to the technology, what sort of capacities of heat are available for these systems and what were some of the main requirements for the project?

Our systems are modular and completely scalable, which suit projects of any size and scale without limitation, provided there is a sufficient electricity supply. These systems have demonstrated up to 90% energy savings when converting from gas to electric heating.

The main requirements for the Hornsey Street Refuse & Recycling Centre project included:

  • Reducing energy consumption by approximately 80%
  • Aligning with the sustainability goals of Camden and Islington Councils
  • Ensuring low operational costs and high energy efficiency
  • Providing effective and instantaneous heating for workers, tailored to the specific needs of a large industrial facility with vast open spaces and frequent drafts from open doors and shutters.

In terms of meeting the needs of the Hornsey Street Refuse & Recycling Centre what sort of structural changes or design considerations needed to be taken into account when replacing the old heating systems with infrared technologies?

The new infrared heating system needed to be wall-mounted or ceiling-hung and directed downwards at individuals to provide efficient heating.

To effectively replace the old heating systems with Shadow Industrial infrared technology, we had to consider the building layout, floor plans, ceiling heights, and optimal heater mounting positions. However, the primary focus was on the staff movements and working patterns, given the infrared heaters are designed to heat people directly, rather than the surrounding space. This meant there was no need to heat unused areas like the vehicle repair stations or storage spaces.

The system can be zoned, allowing individual areas to be heated only when occupied, which significantly reduces energy consumption. Structurally, no major changes were required, so no need for new pipework, gantries, or walls. The design was tailored entirely around the customer's needs, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum efficiency.

This configuration is perfectly suited for large-span, high-ceilinged structures with constant drafts, such as the Hornsey Street Refuse & Recycling Centre. It also means the heaters can be quickly installed, helping minimise disruption to day-to-day operations.

Were the respective councils able to claim any grant funding or lower carbon incentives to sue the technology provide by SI?

The specifics of grant funding or lower carbon incentives were managed internally, by Vital Energi, on behalf of the councils.

Has the company worked with other local authorities in supplying its systems and what sort of projects or type of buildings does it believe its systems can be most effectively used in as an alternative to fossil fuel heating?

From our understanding, the project with Hornsey Street Refuse & Recycling Centre is the first collaboration with local authorities for industrial settings. Although the use of Shadow Industrial infrared heating technology in such environments is still in its early stages, we are currently in discussions with several government bodies and local authorities.

We believe our systems are most effective when used in large industrial facilities, warehouses, workshops, and other public sector buildings where traditional fossil fuel heating is inefficient. The technology is particularly suited for spaces with high ceilings and frequent drafts, offering targeted and efficient heating solutions.

Reducing climate-damaging emissions

Most companies today want to reduce or eliminate their net contribution to greenhouse gasses - but it can be hard to know where to begin.

What will have the most impact? One focus area for many organisations is their energy use and heating.

Gas-based systems are falling out of favour as they generate significant carbon emissions. Instead, many are turning to electric infrared heating as this offers the potential for zero emissions at the point of use if renewable energy is used to power them.

Infrared is a popular choice as it offers very high-efficiency ratings - up to 98% of energy is converted into heat. Additionally, heat isn't wasted as it can be focused on the areas that need it the most.


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