One local authority of South Wales – Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council – is benefiting from the installation of three new micro-CHP units at the Dan Y Bryn Residential Care Home in Pontardawe, Pontardawe Swimming Pool and the Vale of Neath Leisure Centre. Facilities and energy management company Dalkia was responsible for the installations, which are each estimated to be saving £5000 per year by using locally generated electricity and heat.
The unit at the residential care home is expected to supply 70% of the electricity for the residents and hot water for the building and laundry. The other two units provide the electricity and pool water heating needs of the leisure centres.
The three micro-CHP units were part-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government in order to promote the environmental benefits of on-site generation in Wales. The Council provided matched funding to cover the installation costs of each unit from its Energy Conservation ‘spend-to-save fund’. Performance of the units to date suggests that the Council will recover its capital investment within the next three to four years.
CHP systems installed by Dalkia in the UK serve hospitals, manufacturing plants, community energy schemes, treatment works, and leisure centres.