Veolia cuts carbon for Alder Hey Hospital

Delivered by Veolia's* specialist CHP division, Cogenco, the agreement will see a 500kWe gas-fuelled CHP and a 500kWe biodiesel CHP installed at the Hospital's new facilities. By integrating gas and biodiesel-fired units the new energy plant will maximise energy security for the hospital, and deliver carbon savings estimated to be 2,300 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The CHP units will supply the state-of-the-art hospital with power and low-grade hot water. During cogeneration the heat produced as part of the electrical generation process is recovered by the CHP and used to heat water. This increases the efficiency of fuel utilisation, lowers utilities costs and, in line with the NHS's carbon reduction target of 26% by 2020, will help to reduce the hospital's carbon footprint.

Damian Shevloff, Sales Director at Cogenco, confirms: "We are expecting to deliver the CHP equipment in the next six months. That means the plant will be operational and delivering carbon savings in about 12 months from now."

Founded in 1914, Alder Hey Children's Hospital in West Derby, Liverpool, has grown to become one of the largest children's hospitals in Europe, caring for over 270,000 children, young people and their families every year. The Hospital, which is run by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, will open Alder Hey Children's Health Park, a new purpose-built hospital, in close-by Springfield Park in 2015.

Dalkia, the energy and utilities management specialist, boasts over 75 years experience within the healthcare sector. The provider has helped more than 100 hospitals throughout the UK to meet carbon reduction strategies and reduce costs.

*On 25th July 2014 Dalkia adopted the Veolia group name.