CHP powers healthcare

A à‚£5 million (US $10 million) CHP scheme has been installed at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in the UK which is expected to save à‚£688,000 ($1.4 million) a year in energy bills.

Birmingham Heartlands, a major general hospital managed by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Bordesley Green, East Birmingham, installed the purpose-designed Energy Centre near the hospital’s main entrance. Ener-g Combined Power developed the project, which replaced ageing coal fired boilers with a state-of-the-art gas fired trigeneration system supplying heating, cooling and electricity. The new Energy Centre accommodates an 1165 kW CHP unit that uses an MTU gas engine which is also connected to a 300 kW absorption chiller.

The programme was supported with a à‚£403,000 ($800,000) grant from the Carbon Trust under the UK government’s Community Energy Programme.
In related news, Ener-g has outlined plans for a CHP plant that will use leftover waste which cannot be recycled.

ENERGOS, part of Ener-g plc, is planning to invest à‚£40 million ($80 million) to develop a gasification project. If developed the scheme, near Knowsley on Merseyside, would generate 8 MW and would process 80,000 tonnes of waste per year.