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Foresterhill Energy Centre, UK

We developed the business case and provided engineering design for a new combined heat and power (CHP) generating facility serving Aberdeen’s Royal Infirmary, Children’s Hospital and Maternity Hospital, together forming Europe’s largest healthcare campus.

The energy centre was built to meet rising energy needs while reducing the hospitals’ operating costs by 15%. It replaced an existing CHP plant.

Matching technologies to needs

The new facility uses a gas turbine CHP unit to meet base load, with a biomass steam boiler fuelled by locally sourced wood chip meeting higher winter demand and three dual fuel (gas/oil) boilers kicking in to meet peak demand. This is a unique combination of technologies in Europe. Operating efficiencies have delivered annual operational savings of 9830t CO2e and £2.95m, at 2010 prices, beating the efficiency target by 24%.

Client: Laing O’Rourke for NHS Grampian

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