Retail giant, Tesco has combined with sustainable energy group ENER-G to greatly reduce its carbon footprint.

As part of its new store programme, the retailer was seeking a smaller footprint system that offered the same energy cost and carbon savings as larger cogeneration technologies, but was faster to install and commission and reduced the environmental impact of manufacture.

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ENER-G worked with Tesco to develop the smallest, lightest and quietest external fully packaged combined heat and power (CHP) product range available globally.

Resulting from this ENER-G has succeeded in packing the orthodox large containerised CHP systems into an aesthetically appealing weatherproof enclosure that is approximately 40 per cent smaller, 3.5 tonnes lighter and 5dBA quieter.

Combined heat and power is a cornerstone of sustainable energy performance at Tesco’s new stores and rigorous monitoring has demonstrated impressive cost and carbon reduction.

The company has introduced the petite new ENER-G Universal CHP system to 27 UK stores so far.

“We constantly strive to reduce our carbon footprint and the new Universal CHP system is key to that goal”, said Dean Pearmain, Group Buying Manager (Renewable Energy Initiatives – Corporate Purchasing) Tesco Stores Ltd. “We are very proud to have inspired this UK innovation that helps us save valuable space and looks attractive. It comes fully packaged for fast installation and connection to our utilities, which is a major advantage when you have tight store opening deadlines to meet.”

Alan Barlow, Managing Director of ENER-G Combined Power, said: “Our in-house team worked with Tesco to bring this new product to market in less than six months. The Universal unit marks a major advance in delivery of CHP – providing a solution hitherto unavailable for sites with space constraints and in densely populated urban areas, where low noise is critical and design sensitivities are paramount. Due to its smaller size and lower weight, the unit is easier and less costly to transport, which has major advantages as a product for the export market.”

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