The 500kW ENER-G CHP system, which produces 500kW of electricity and 568kW of heat, converts a single fuel into both electricity and heat in one process at the point of use. The installation is the first of its kind within DWP’s portfolio and is designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 20 per cent at Quarry House.
Richard Fountain, Head of Sustainability and Climate Change at the Department for Work and Pensions says, “We are very proud of this installation and it is a highly rated example of the close working relationships within the government and with the service providers. We estimate net financial savings of around £90,000 a year and half a percent contribution to DWP’s overall carbon reduction target.”
CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat that is carbon reducing and offers an alternative to traditional fossil fuel power sources. An engine, typically gas fuelled, is linked to an alternator to produce the electricity while heat produced by the engine is collected and used to heat the building. The process increases fuel efficiency and minimises energy loss.
Telereal Trillium’s Energy Environment Director, Simon Phillips, explains, “Of all DWP’s properties, Quarry House uses three per cent of the total energy across the estate. In terms of electricity consumption, this was more than £1,000 a day, so the new system will deliver real savings immediately on the DWP’s energy costs.”
Tommy Fisher, GSH Technical Project Manager for GSH notes, “We have worked closely with our partners Telereal Trillium and ENER-G to provide an innovative energy solution at Quarry House that will achieve considerable value for the two Government departments. It was a challenging project involving heavy plant equipment and technical challenges, so the successful installation is testament to the efforts and expertise of everyone involved.”
Mark Pollard, Senior Project Engineer at ENER-G reports that the installation was finished within the budget and on time.