Two hospitals to save £13.4m with CHP units

An NHS Trust is expected to save more than £13.4 million thanks to two new combined heat and and power (CHP) plants. Vital Energi has signed a contract with Gloucestershire […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An NHS Trust is expected to save more than £13.4 million thanks to two new combined heat and and power (CHP) plants.

Vital Energi has signed a contract with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to install a 2.5MW CHP system which will be integrated into the existing electrical, heating and hot water systems at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The firm previously installed a similar system at Cheltenham General Hospital – it will operate and maintain the new CHP system as well as existing steam and hot water boilers over a 15-year term.

A new high-voltage electricity supply to the hospital will also increase resilience and enable the connection of the CHP unit to the grid.

Once complete, the second project is predicted to deliver savings of more than £750,000 and reduce carbon emissions by 2,800 tonnes each year.

Over the contract, the Trust is expected to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80,000 tonnes.