Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems rely upon the burning of either natural gas or a biogas. This drives an engine that in turn generates electricity to power your building. The system will then utilise the heat given off during the generation process to heat your building. This ensures that over 80% of the primary energy input into the system is used as either electrical or heat energy.
From heating a swimming pool in a private residency, to producing hot water in Student Accommodation buildings to large-scale industrial applications, Kimpton can advise on the best solution for incorporating CHP into your building.
As CHP systems are classed as a low carbon technologies, they are eligible for the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT). This is a government backed incentive payable on the amount of electricity generated locally from Low or Zero Carbon Technologies.
Hebden Bridge Town Hall is a listed building that has undergone a major refurbishment including a 2 storey extension to provide facilities for small business start up units including conference and meeting facilities.
The scheme has been funded by investments from the Community Builders fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
Part of the funding for the project was dependant upon the building achieving a BREEAM “Very Good” rating. Also the planning consent stipulates 15% of the energy consumption must be provided from low or zero carbon technologies. The M&E installation is critical in achieving this requirement.
To meet the planning consent of 15% energy from low or zero carbon sources on site, a trio of technologies had to be employed.
The majority of the 15% is achieved via a CHP that is capable of delivering 30kW of heat and 17kW of electricity.
The heat energy is used to provide heating and hot water. Acting as the lead heat source the CHP is supported by 2 No. 115kW condensing boilers for generating low temperature hot water.
In addition 12m2 of solar thermal panels have been installed to help meet the hot water demand.
To ensure that 15% renewable energy is generated onsite, 24m2 of solar PV panels have also been installed. Both the CHP and the PV have been configured to export any unused electrical energy to the national grid.
Ventilation to the conference and meeting room facilities is provided by air handling units equipped with high efficiency exhaust air heat recovery heat pumps.
“Fueled by natural gas, the CHP units will generate electricity to meet Coca-Cola’s need for a reliable source of on-site power. The systems will also provide heat and cooling”.