vide space heating and domestic hot water
to all new homes in Phase II of the development. The system will initially use a natural
gas-fired boiler, which will be replaced with
a wood-fueled boiler in the future.
Building regulations will require new
houses in the area to be ‘carbon-zero’ by
2016, i.e., produce zero net emissions of
carbon dioxide from all energy use in the
Aston University to
Aston University, in Birmingham, U.K.,
will be installing a new combined heat and
power plant to help power its campus and
the city’s new Eastside redevelopment projects. The 2 MWe CHP engine is set to
become the largest one installed within
Birmingham’s acclaimed low-carbon district
energy system. Located in Aston’s newly
refurbished energy center, the CHP installation will combine with Aston’s existing CHP
operation to produce a total of 3 MW of
power. The plant was expected to be operational in October.
When fully operational, the Aston
system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4,400 tonnes a year. It will enable
even more university buildings to benefit
from sustainable energy, including the
new Halls of Residence set for completion
The CHP plant will eventually link to
other phases of Birmingham’s expanding
energy network that Utilicom and the city
council are developing across the city center
and beyond. The university’s commitment
as a partner of the Birmingham District
Energy Scheme will allow that system to
expand into the wider Eastside area. The
Aston-based CHP plant is already earmarked
to serve several new developments including
the Magistrates Courts at Masshouse Plaza.
Along with the new energy system, a
ground-breaking partnership has also been
developed with Aston University’s prestigious
European Bio-Energy Research Institute to
apply and incorporate its on-site research
and skills in the overall Birmingham system.
This will see an additional 1 MW CHP plant
built at Aston – a test facility that will explore
a range of alternative energies including
how waste products from sewage, algae,
agricultural and municipal waste, and crops
on marginal land can be converted into
energy for heat and electricity.
PannErgy to Build Plant
According to an Aug. 7 Budapest
Business Journal article, the alternative
energy company PannErgy has set up a
joint venture with the Miskolc, Hungary,
local council-owned district heating company Miskolci Hoszolgaltato to build a 50
million-euro ($73 million) geothermal
power plant in the city. The plant would
provide almost all the necessary district
heating for Miskolc. The joint venture,
called Miskolci Geotermia, will drill to a
depth of 2,000-2,500 m ( 6,562-8,202 ft)
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