ESB Energy In Partnership with V&A Museum Dundee

In Partnership with: V&A Museum Dundee

Digging deep to future-proof energy for a new architectural icon 

In Partnership with: V&A Museum Dundee

Digging deep to future-proof energy for a new architectural icon 

ESB Energy collaborated with the V&A Museum and Dundee County Council to explore energy solutions for the city’s yet-to-be-built design museum

Our Business Solutions team developed an energy efficient HVAC solution that would compliment the museum’s futuristic architectural design by Japan’s Kengo Kuma & Associates, without impacting its impressive visual exterior

"We are very pleased with ESB Energy’s sustainable design and performance on the V&A and very excited to have such a high-tech, lowenergy, low-carbon solution for the building’s heating and cooling requirements. This really reflects the ethos of the building being a centre of excellence for art and design.” 

Rob Pederson

Head of Construction, Dundee City Council

The Challenge


A site on the banks of the River Tay, just a few kilometres downstream from the North Sea where the average annual temperature is a cool 8.6oC offered the first of many challenges. Adding to the stakes were sustainable building obligations and a treasure trove of design artefacts to protect. This meant a reliable, robust heating and cooling solution was essential.

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The Solutions

After modelling numerous load profiles and analysing the lifetime costs of low and zero-carbon technologies, geothermal- and air-sourced energy were determined to be the most efficient options. The resulting system is comprised of geothermal heat pumps drawing from a closed-loop array of bore holes drilled 200m below the site, as well as roof-mounted air-source heat pumps.

A remote monitoring system delivers around the clock system optimisation, while offering support to facilities staff. Capable of delivering 800 kW of heating and 500 kW of cooling power, the system produces up to 43% less carbon and saves 105% in operating costs, as compared to traditional systems.


The Results 

  • 100% of heating, cooling and hot water generated on-site
  • 54% fewer carbon emissions than traditional HVAC systems
  • 103% less energy used than traditional HVAC system
  • System is eligible for financial relief under the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Recorded efficiencies of 397%
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The Competitive Advantages 

  • Energy security & supply resilience
  • Control over energy usage & costs
  • Industry-leading sustainability
  • Invisible system = zero aesthetic impact
  • Zero reliance on fossil fuels
  • Decarbonisation in line with the UK National Grid

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  • Unparalleled expertise in the energy sector
  • An international network of technology partners
  • Advanced energy monitoring and analytics
  • Project financing with no upfront investment required


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