Natural History Museum hits decade of energy evolution

The Natural History Museum has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its tri-generation energy scheme. The combined cooling, heating and power scheme, which also supplies the Victoria and Albert Museum, has delivered around £11 […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Natural History Museum has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its tri-generation energy scheme.

The combined cooling, heating and power scheme, which also supplies the Victoria and Albert Museum, has delivered around £11 million of energy savings and cut carbon emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes since it was set up by Vital Energi a decade ago.

The system, which is built around a 1.9MW combined heat and power (CHP) engine, caters to the specific heating and cooling requirements needed to maintain the condition of the museum’s world renowned exhibits.

It even absorbs excess heat in the summer months and converts this into power for its cooling network, which stretches over 1,000 metres through the collection.

The entire system is underpinned by an energy performance contract that guarantees a minimum carbon saving each year and secures the associated financial returns.