CCHP energy centre for Barts Hospital

A combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) plant is being installed to create an energy centre at the UK’s oldest hospital for Barts Health NHS Trust. The deal at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London sees Skanska contracting Clarke Energy to install a CCHP plant powered by a Jenbacher gas engine from GE Power & Water. The project has been funded by Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) and is the first of its kind under a strategic collaboration between SDCL, Clarke Energy, GE and the NHS Confederation. The initiative is part of SDCL’s Powering Health collaboration to deliver fully funded CCHP solutions to NHS trusts, including those that are part of a private finance initiative (PFI) structure.

Clarke Energy will provide an Ecomagination-approved 1.4MW J420 Jenbacher hospital CHP unit that will provide electricity and heat; a 250kW absorption chiller delivering cooling water for the hospital; and plant equipment.

Richard Byers, Skanska’s head of green business, said: “This installation will enable Barts NHS Trust to generate reliable onsite power in the form of electricity, heat and cooling. In parallel, the hospital will be able to divert spending on energy to boost spending on cancer research.”

On completion of the project, Clarke Energy will have more than 50MW of installed cogeneration capacity with NHS.

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