Fuel cell CHP to power Scottish expo centre

An on-site energy centre in Scotland is to feature what has been billed as the UK’s largest fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) system.

Installation contract winner Doosan Babcock announced this week that three of its 460 kW fuel cell units will provide power, heating and cooling to the city of Aberdeen’s new $406m, 61 ha Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) (pictured, artist's rendition).

After the conference centre’s planned opening in 2019, the fuel cell system is expected to generate a total of 1.4 MWe.

The site is planned to include three hotels, aboveground and underground exhibition spaces, offices and a leisure centre.

Doosan Babcock CEO Andrew Hunt said his firm was ‘thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and transformative project.

‘The AECC and Energy Centre will contribute in multiple ways to Scotland’s economy and environment, as well as providing a pioneering example of how cities and businesses can effectively meet environmental targets,’ he added.

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