Bristol plans low carbon district energy network

Plans to develop Bristol’s largest district energy network will take a step forward as an agreement is to be inked today. Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Plans to develop Bristol’s largest district energy network will take a step forward as an agreement is to be inked today.

Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), showing their commitment to work together on the project.

The university and hospital network will be fuelled by an efficient combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre, which will provide both organisations with low carbon energy and cheaper heating costs.

Paul Isbell, Energy Service Corporate Manager at the council said: “In Bristol we’re developing plans for a district energy network in order to reduce heat waste and improve the city’s infrastructure.

“Signing of the MoU signals the commitment of three city institutions to work together and the proposed network should help the university and hospital to reduce carbon emissions and enjoy lower fuel costs by switching to a more efficient power source.”

Engineering and construction management firm Parsons Brinckerhoff conducted a technical and feasibility study, which mapped energy demands, identified the best networks to consider and developed a project delivery plan and risk assessment.

Bristol is currently the European Green Capital of the Year.