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Gases World’s first Combined Heat & Power System installed in Woking, UK.
Posted by on 2000-10-12 07:24:04
contributed by gfoat

To look at the Borough council’s buildings, one would think there is nothing out of the ordinary, but at 8.00am on Sunday (1-10-00) a combined Heat and Power Engine (CHP) arrived from Copenhagen. Perhaps the reason for its delivery time is traffic volume, but looking at the huge engine, one could imagine the curiousity, even panic it would arouse in the local populace. Such a system would not look out of place in the realms of Startrek and is the first installation of its kind in the world. In an exclusive interview with Future Energies, Alan Jones MBE outlined the system.

The 16 tonne CHP engine took two hours to lift into place by the specialist lifting team and was then promptly taken out of the public view, exclusive pictures of the site are here.

The engine is powered by Gas and the combined system is considered an impressive step towards a Green Energy source. The Borough are proud of the fact that if Woking was ever cut off from the National grid there would still be power (1.46 Megawatts) and there is also a 28,500 saving per year on electricity. There is also 1.4MW of heat fired absorbed chilling distributed over three buildings with chilled water networks between two buildings. Creating a 90% heat efficiency gain at the point of use as opposed to 25% in traditional power stations.

The next step is to combine the process with photovoltaics to provide a truly renewable source of energy. The 60 Kilowatt matched photovoltaic roof will not only provide power for the buildings, but also for electric cars. Woking Council has also made a break with tradition by providing its own source of electricity for consumers outside of the UK’s National grid.

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