Cofely in the UK has built a new energy centre at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire to improve facilities for patients by reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Cofely and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ULH) NHS Trust worked on the project under a public private partnership arrangement to reduce the hospital’s carbon emissions by around 51%, providing a saving of 5,700t per annum.
The new energy centre combines a range of low-carbon technologies, including combined heat and power and a biomass boiler using renewable, locally sourced wood fuel.
The energy centre’s inherent flexibility enables the hospital to take advantage of the most economical and sustainable fuels for the future.
The new energy centre includes a 2.9MW biomass (wood chip) boiler, a 526kW gas engine and a new heavy fuel oil packaged boiler.
The centre also includes one refurbished heavy fuel oil shell boiler, an updated control system and a new water treatment plant.
The new centre will be operated and maintained by Cofely for a period of 15 years, with guaranteed year-on-year energy savings for the trust across the site.