The University of Bradford was the 40th university to be created in Britain and the campus now boasts over 10,000 students. With this, the university takes its impact on the environment seriously and has introduced a programme called Ecoversity. Ecoversity is a programme of embedding sustainable development across the whole of the University of Bradford, which has helped to create the One Planet Carbon Strategy of achieving 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
In addition to sustainability requirements, universities have constant heat and electricity demands throughout the day, which in turn, can produce high-energy bills. These can compromise budgets that should be allocated to core educational needs such as learning facility upgrades and investment in educational materials.
The UoB has worked closely with Cogenco to provide effective on-site electricity and heat generation to serve the University's campus through the implementation of the CHP unit. The CHP will ensure the university can save more that £8million over a 20-year period. In addition, the unit will help the University meet HEFCE's carbon reduction targets and to help maintain its position as an inspiration for sustainability within the higher education sector.
A CHP plant utilises the heat produced in electricity generation to provide hot water, rather than releasing it wastefully into the atmosphere.By incorporating Dalkia's onsite CHP technology, the university is able to produce its own energy; this is more efficient and sustainable than conventional boilers since no energy is lost or wasted.The result is a form of generation that is cost-effective and reduces carbon emissions significantly.
Russell Smith, University of Bradford's Estates Manager - Engineering and Building commented, "Cogenco was chosen as part of a full OJEU procurement process on a cost and quality basis. The specialist was extremely accommodating with the challenging circumstances that were presented to them, both technically (the engine was installed into a restricted 1960s plant room) and with the programme."
"Early indications are positive. The installation of the CHP is a step closer in achieving the University's ambitious carbon reduction target of 50% by 2020.Since the engine has been operational there has already been periods when it has supplied all of the University's electricity and therefore reduced the dependency on the grid," continued Russell.