Fairfield General Hospital cuts carbon with Cogenco CHP

Fairfield General Hospital, in Bury, Greater Manchester, is to cut carbon emissions by some 700 tonnes per year, following the installation of a new CHP (combined heat and power) plant, supplied and commissioned by Cogenco.

The CHP unit forms part of a new gas-powered hot water system that will replace the hospital’s ageing coal-fired steam boiler plant.

The scheme is expected to reduce emissions from the Fairfield site by 53% and generate savings of about £600,000 per year for reinvestment in patient services.

Cogenco Veolia’s specialist small-scale CHP division will supply and commission the 520kWe CHP unit under a £250,000 contract, for Ellesmere Engineering, the design and build contractor overseeing the replacement of the coal-fired steam system.

“A low-pressure hot water ring main will supply 13 remote plant rooms, doing away with the steam-fed calorifiers Fairfield has at the moment,” states Paul Garnett, director at Ellesmere Engineering.

The de-steaming and CHP scheme has been made possible by a grant of £2.4 million from the Government’s Energy Fund, a £50 million capital fund for 2013-14 to drive new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS.

The environmental challenge placed on NHS Trusts by the Government’s Carbon Reduction Strategy means that the Trust must reduce its carbon emissions by 10% by 2015.

“This is excellent news not only for the staff and the patients who we treat here at Fairfield General Hospital, but to the local population and communities surrounding the hospital site,” comments John Wilkes, director of facilities at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

“As you would imagine, running hospitals is very expensive, not only in maintenance but in power. Not only will the new gas boiler plant be much more efficient, it will bring other benefits by helping to provide a cleaner site by removing the soot and coal dust emissions from the existing boiler plant.”


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