New CHP plant for UK’s Addenbrooke’s hospital

A major new energy centre featuring combined heat and power (CHP) is expected to halve carbon emissions at the UK’s world-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The energy centre will provide low carbon heating, hot water and electricity for Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals. This will save Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) almost 30,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, cutting carbon emissions by 47% over the contract term.

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Construction is expected to start at the end of the year for the new energy centre to be fully operational by 2015.

Grid electricity and gas consumption will be more than halved, increasing the trust’s energy independence and protecting it from rising energy prices. The energy centre has also been designed with the potential to power future developments at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

MITIE has preferred bidder status to develop and operate the energy centre over a 25-year period. It will be developed in partnership with the NHS Carbon and Energy Fund, which supports projects meeting a certain level of carbon savings.

The hospital trust’s existing energy centre houses the NHS’s first combined heat and power plant, which has been providing sustainable energy to the expanding campus for 20 years. The trust incinerates its clinical waste on-site within the energy centre and uses clinical waste produced on the campus as a fuel source to provide heat and hot water to the campus.

With advances in technologies, the new energy centre will house a brand new incinerator, a highly efficient Rolls-Royce combined heat and power plant, and will also use wood chip as a fuel source.

MITIE has also been contracted to reduce energy demand on the existing CUH campus through a number of initiatives including a major lighting upgrade throughout the hospital.

Mike Tivey, managing director of MITIE’s Asset Management division, said the energy centre would provide ‘significant economic and sustainability benefits’.

‘In an increasingly volatile energy environment, this will provide CUH with increased energy resilience and predictably priced energy over the long term,’ he said.

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