Blackpool hospital to be fitted with combined heat and power

The firm set to provide Blackpool Hospital with a new combined heat and power plant says the British NHS could save millions if they were to deploy the technology in other hospitals.

The CHP plant will supply Blackpool Hospital, England with roughly 25-30% of the electricity and 50-60% of the heat it needs.

The 100kW system at Clifton Hospital, which has three 24-bed wards and offers day care for the elderly, will produce nearly two million kilowatt hours of energy a year.

Eurosite Power, who won the NHS tender worth £1.7 million will pay for and build the unit and sell the heat and power back to the hospital over the next 15 years.

Managing Director Paul Hamblyn told Electricity Live News that the contract works similarly to buying from a typical utility company, but at prices “cheaper” than the grid or the power market.

He said there are between 120 and 150 NHS sites which are suitable for similar technology and if they all plumped for it, the NHS could save £2.5 million a year.

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