Chelsea stadium plan on hold despite CHP inclusion

The decision by Chelsea Football Club to include combined heat and power in its plans for its new stadium have helped the club in its bid to get the facility built, however a lack of renewable energy technologies in the overall plan complicate the club’s efforts to secure full planning permission approval.

Clean Energy News reports that the energy strategy document states that this system is expected to save more than 133 tonnes of CO2 each year, equivalent to around 7% of the stadium’s total carbon emissions. Combined with thermally enclosed areas already established, its emissions related to electricity and heat demand would fall by nearly 12%.
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However despite the addition of CHP to complement other energy efficiency measures such as LED bulbs and a lighting management system, the stadium plans would fall substantially short of the 35% mandated in the London Plan for new developments.

Financial contributions will therefore have to be made to a local decarbonisation fund to help reduce CO2 emissions off-site, which Chelsea FC acknowledged in the conclusion of its strategy document.

The club had ruled out solar pv as a solution as the design of the stadium militates against the effectiveness of solar panels.

Consultants ME Engineers used the stadium’s projected base heating load to determine the ideal size of any CHP generator, based around it operating for 14 hours each day. Daily demand was determined to be 1,948.92kWh per day. Any CHP system would also be expected to run for at least 5,110 hours each year to ensure its financial feasibility.

Chelsea FC eventually settled on a CHP engine size of 161kW thermal/90kW electrical.

Chelsea have received planning permission for its redevelopment plans, pending final approval from the Mayor’s Office. Mayor Sadiq Khan must now announce within 14 days of permission being granted whether the plans are to be approved, rejected or organise a public enquiry which he would chair himself.



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