Cambridge college to upgrade CHP plant

A college at Cambridge University plans to upgrade its combined heat and power (CHP) plant. Churchill College is to further its green goals by getting environmental solutions firm Veolia to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A college at Cambridge University plans to upgrade its combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

Churchill College is to further its green goals by getting environmental solutions firm Veolia to swap its existing CHP set-up for a newer, more efficient model.

A new 15-year contract will secure a future of even lower carbon power, heating and hot water than the current system provides, which has now been running for more than 120,000 hours over a 22-year period.

This is said to be the lifespan equivalent of a single car driving more than five million miles.

The new unit will use “lean-burn” technology to minimise fuel usage and save around 5,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions.

Gavin Graveson, Veolia‚Äôs Chief Operating Officer of Public and Commercial, said: “We currently have 25MWe of CHP capacity that provides energy on over 60 University campuses, supporting their education and research facilities and housing more than 200,000 students.”

The CHP capacity installed at universities by Veolia helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40,000 tonnes each year.