Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh will officially open the University of Plymouth’s $1.6m combined heat and power system this week.
The engine in the University’s Davy Building plant room will supply low-carbon power to a number of buildings, including the new Marine Building.
The gas-fired, low-carbon CHP plant will supply power to the neighbouring Smeaton Building, the Link Building, the Main Hall and Brunel Building – as the existing boilers do – and additionally it will also supply the new Marine Building and the Babbage Building.
The plant will also supply the new Performing Arts Centre, which is still in the process of being built.
The £19 million Marine Building contains the country’s most sophisticated wave tank testing facilities and a ship simulator to train the next generation of mariner.
Under its carbon management plan, the university’s aspiration is to be carbon neutral by 2030, and it is aiming for a 25 per cent reduction from its 2005 baseline by 2016.
The CHP will make carbon savings over 15 years of 4,755 tonnes. That equates to 317 tonnes per annum – 10 per cent of the 2016 target.
The university’s aspiration is to be carbon neutral by 2030.
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