Cogeneration CHP, District Energy, Europe

UK CHP award winners – innovation and renewable fuels to the fore

Four CHP and district energy projects and their developers, together with one influential individual, have won the five categories in the fourth UK CHP Association annual awards.
 
The awards were presented to the winners at the CHPA Awards dinner in the City of London.
 
The winner of the Innovation Award was Scottish and Southern Energy, for its district heating scheme installed to serve the Greenwatt Way zero carbon housing development comprising 10 homes in Slough.
 
Heat for the district heating scheme is provided from an integrated system of air and ground source heat pumps, a biomass boiler and roof-top solar thermal collectors.
 
The Community and Residential Sector Award went to ENER-G and ESP Projects, for the installation of a 10 kWe Yanmar micro-CHP unit at a sheltered housing scheme in Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
The unit operates as the lead boiler for the site, providing heating, hot water and electricity to the site.
 
The winner of the Industrial and Commercial Award was GlaxoSmithKline and Centrax, for a newly-installed trigeneration scheme that provides heat, power and cooling to a GSK soft drinks plant in Gloucestershire.
 
The 5.4 MWe simple cycle gas turbine, allied with a heat recovery steam generator, supplies heat for pasteurization and, via absorption chillers, cool for chilled water production.
 
In the Public Sector category, the winner was, again, ENER-G for its new trigeneration scheme installed at Solihull hospital.
 
The scheme, which has replaced the old, inefficient heating system, provides power, steam/hot water for heating and chilled water for air conditioning.
 
Finally, the 2010 CHP Champion was Chris Matthews from the Co-operative Bank. Matthews has an outstanding record of delivering funding for CHP projects over many years.
 
The judging panel for the awards included Steve Hodgson, the editor of Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production (COSPP) magazine, along with industry and government representatives.
 
Commenting on this year’s entries and winners, director of the CHPA Graham Meeks, explained:
 
‘The quantity and quality of entries we received this year was extremely impressive. The sector is truly stepping up a gear in demonstrating what is deliverable in terms of cost-competitive decarbonization.
 
‘We also saw increasing innovation, in the use of renewable fuels and in the integration of CHP and district heating with other technologies, demonstrating the growing value that the sector brings in our changing energy system.
 
‘For those who are prepared to innovate and push the envelope, the prize of greater efficiency, reliability and cost savings are there for the taking,’ concluded Meeks.
 
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