October 31, 2019: Energy provider EDF Energy has signed a deal to supply a huge entertainment theme park in the UK with all the energy it will need from onsite renewable energy generation and battery storage, the firm announced on October 22.
No details of the battery storage were given, and the firms only mentioned solar panels as the source of power. External communications manager Antoinette Merchant, of EDF, said initial assessments and auditing work were underway so exact details could not be released at this stage.
The multi-billion-pound London Resort, to be built on a seven million square metre piece of land on the banks of the River Thames in the county of Kent, will include fairground rides, thousands of hotel rooms and dining facilities in what will be the largest entertainment district in Europe. It will create thousands of jobs.
It will also contain EV charging points and is being touted by EDF as ‘one of the most sustainable major theme park destinations in the world’, and is believed to be a first for the tourism industry.
Under a 25-year contract, EDF will build, own and operate the energy generation and storage facilities for the park.
“This opportunity is unlike anything else being developed and this gives us scope to do something new with the latest technologies available,” said Vincent de Rul, director of Energy Solutions at EDF Energy.
Construction of the theme park will begin in 2021 and it should open to visitors in 2024.