London’s Shard, the tallest building in the EU, and already one of the city’s greatest landmarks, is powered by a natural gas fuelled combined heat and power plant.
The 306-metre glass spire, spread across 600,000ft2 and 72 storeys is using CHP to operate at the highest level of energy efficiency.
The building utilises a GE (NYSE: GE) Jenbacher JMS416GS-NL gas engine and the cogeneration facility was engineered, installed and maintained by Clarke Energy.
This combined heat and power (CHP) plant will provide both 1.131 MW of electricity and 1.199 MW of hot water at high efficiency (85.3% total, 41.4% electrical) to the surrounding area.
This helps to reduce carbon emissions and contributes to the low-carbon footprint of the building.
In parallel this provides significant cost savings versus the separate purchase of electricity and gas from the National Grids. The generators are located in the basement of the building and are housed in acoustic enclosures in order to negate the emission of sound from the generators.
The generators are also characterised by very low levels of emissions, achieving 3NOx.
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