A partnership that delivers energy savings to several public and private buildings in Central Birmingham has triumphed at the Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) Awards 2011 in London.

The Birmingham District Energy Company (BDEC) – made up of Cofely (GDF Suez), Birmingham City Council, Aston University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital – won the Partners in Expert Services Award and was also voted Overall Winner 2011 (‘best of the best’) by the judges.

The trigeneration scheme produces heat, electricity and chilled water and makes extensive use of large-scale CHP technologies, using conventional boilers for ‘top up’, standby and increased resilience.

The electricity from all of the CHP units is used directly via private wire connections at each of the buildings/sites where they are located. Chilled water is generated by absorption chillers, powered by heat from the CHP and boiler plant.

Since its first phase became operational in 2009, the project is estimated to have reduced Birmingham’s carbon emissions by some 17,000,000 kg.

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