Cogen to power ultra-modern acquatic centre

Building works have started at a new state-of-the-art acquatic centre in Hornsby, where Simons Green Energy will install and commission a 100 kW natural gas-fired combined heat and power system.

The cogen system is expected to provide a large portion of the facility's electricity demand and the centre will utilise the waste heat generated by the engine to provide hot water for the facilities and for heating the swimming pools.

It is expected to:

  • Reduce energy costs by approximately $55,000 in the first year
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 365 tonnes per year
  • Provide 494 MWh of electricity each year
  • Provide 850 MWh of thermal output per year
  • Offer a payback period of less than five year

“An extensive study of the options available was carried out at the design phase and the provision of a cogeneration system was selected as the most cost effective solution for the project,” said Raymond Huzij , project manager for the Hornsby Council’s Aquatic Centre.

The cogeneration system will be supplied by ENER-G and will be commissioned when the centre opens in early 2014.

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