“Hard to crack”: NHS hospital gets combined heat and power plant

A Blackpool NHS hospital is getting a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to supply it with roughly 25-30% of the electricity and 50-60% of the heat it needs. The […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Blackpool NHS hospital is getting a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to supply it with roughly 25-30% of the electricity and 50-60% of the heat it needs.

The 100kW system at Clifton Hospital, which has three 24-bed wards and offers day care for the elderly, will produce nearly two million kilowatt hours of energy a year.

Relative newcomer to the energy generation scene Eurosite Power won the NHS tender worth £1.7 million. They will pay for and build the unit and sell the heat and power back to the hospital over the next 15 years.

Managing Director Paul Hamblyn said the contract works similarly to buying from a typical utility company, but at prices “cheaper” than the grid or the power market.

His firm won the contract despite “boldly” putting forward a bid that didn’t match all the public sector criteria, he told ELN: “The public sector is a hard nut to crack, they put out lots of forms… We decided boldly to put a bid on the table that was technically non-compliant.

“They realised there were more benefits from our technical solutions. We generate a bit more energy on site than some of our competitors.”

He said there are between 120 and 150 NHS sites which are suitable for similar technology and if they all plumped for it, the NHS could save £2.5 million a year.