Contract awarded for CHP at Edinburgh hospital

Edina has been awarded the contract to supply, install and maintain the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Edinburgh’s new Royal Hospital for Sick Children redevelopment.

The new £150m co-located building will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a modern and high-quality setting.

Built at Little France, the new facility will promote collaborative working with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh Medical School and is adjacent to the Edinburgh Bioquarter.    

Following a competitive tender process, Mercury Engineering awarded Edina the contract to supply and install the 600kWe MWM manufactured TCG 2016 V12 reciprocating gas engine as part of the hospital’s energy and sustainability measures.

The MWM TCG 2016 CHP plant will be partially containerised at Edina’s manufacturing facility based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and housed within a purpose built energy centre situated adjacent to the RHSC/DCN building.    The energy centre will contain the main 11kV switchboard and be accompanied by three dedicated stand-by diesel generators for the building in the event of a mains failure.

Electricity produced through the CHP plant will be used to power the buildings infrastructure, with the waste heat generated from the CHP used. It is anticipated that the CHP plant will save the hospital approximately £300,000 per annum of energy costs, reduce its carbon emission by 1,790 tonnes per annum, and offer a return on investment period of 3 years.

As part of the building’s design philosophy, the hospital will also incorporate additional features which reduce carbon emissions, reduce water consumption, and improve energy efficiency. These design features will be integral to the support and attainment of world leading sustainability assessment certification BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation.

The new development is currently under construction and will open to patients in spring 2018.

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