UK hospital to acquire a new combined heat and power energy centre

Due for completion in late 2014, Cofely Energy Services' energy centre will provide Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire with hot water and electricity.

Rampton The facility's existing coal-fired boilers will be replaced by a 1-MW biomass boiler, a 1.2-MW CHP engine and three high efficiency dual-fuel boilers which will run largely on gas.

To improve efficiency and safety, Cofely said, the site will convert from a high temperature (115°C) hot water system to a low temperature (90°C) hot water district heating system.

The new plant will meet all of the hospital’s heating and hot water requirements as well as 87% of its total electricity demand, and will cut CO2 emissions by around 8000 tonnes per year, allowing Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to meet the UK government’s 2020 target of a 34% reduction in carbon emissions five years ahead of the deadline.

The energy centre's projected cost savings amount to £112,000 (US$183,000) per year.
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