Museum of Liverpool to benefit from energy centre

Museum of Liverpool

A trigeneration combined heat and power system is to save the prestigious Museum of Liverpool in England around à‚£500,000 a year in annual energy savings.

The installation of Salford, England-based ENER-G’s system incorporates two 385kW bio-diesel CHP units, two 768kW natural gas CHP systems, two 850kW boilers, a 1000kW absorption chiller and a 998kW conventional compression chiller.

Museum of Liverpool
One of the innovative features of the project is that the two biodiesel units installed are able to run on different types of biodiesel (to Bs En14214) which can be obtained from renewable sources.

The Energy centre solution is also capable of ‘black start’ operation. This involves utilising the biodiesel CHP units first, in the event of an electric grid failure, to accept the museum initial loads and then following up with the larger gas CHP units once they are ready to accept load.

The biodiesel units can also run to provide lower COà¢â€šâ€š electricity as and when required.

ENER-G was commissioned by National Museums Liverpool to design and install the new CHP system at the Mann Island site ” part of the famous Pier Head at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool’s waterfront.

ENER-G has converted the historic Great Western Railway Goods Shed (GWR) into a state-of-the-art energy centre with sophisticated remote monitoring (SCADA) and diagnostic facilities.

Challenges faced included preserving the GWR building exterior in line with planning conditions and designing the energy centre to operate independently of the utility electrical supply.

The CHP system provides the lead power supply for the site, meeting all of the Museum’s daily requirements for heating, cooling and power. The utility grid supply provides additional back up, if required.

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