A £6.5 million biomass energy centre has officially been opened at the University of Northampton.
The 1MW facility has been designed by Vital Energi to produce less emissions than traditional systems and is expected to lower carbon emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes initially.
When the combined heat and power (CHP) engine is added, the emissions reduction is to increase to 2,200 tonnes per year – equivalent to taking 431 cars off the road.
The installation of the biomass plant follows the completion of the 1.6km district heating network, which will provide heating and hot water to 16 buildings around the campus.
Bob Griggs, Project Director at the University of Northampton said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop the university’s commitment to its sustainability agenda and environmental infrastructure has been a key factor in the planning and construction of the Waterside Campus. By working with Vital Energi, we have a sustainable, future proof heating network which will service the campus well.”