Energy services company MITIE has started work on the trigeneration biomass energy plant which will supply the Waitrose supermarket in Bracknell, England with heat, electricity and chilled water.

The plant will reduce the store’s typical consumption of grid electricity by 69% and gas by 84% and MITIE claims it will reduce carbon emissions by more than 1000 tonnes a year.

The Bracknell plant, which will source woodchip from local sustainable woodlands, is due to be up and running by the end of March. It will be housed in a new building next to the supermarket with the absorption chiller, dry air cooler and cooling tower located in the main store plant well.

The opening is part of wider planned collaboration between MITIE and Waitrose as the supermarket chain aims to cuts its carbon emissions by 15% by 2021. This is the second energy centre MITIE has developed for Waitrose. The first at East Cowes is due to start operations in December.

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