Edina CHP entertains visitors at new Aberdeen Exhibition Centre development

Leading total energy solutions provider, Edina, has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 2MWe combined heat and power plant at the new Aberdeen Exhibition Centre (AECC) development.

The contract was awarded by leading building service solutions provider FES Group as part of the £333million development which includes a new purpose built energy centre.

The energy centre will house two 1MWe MWM manufactured TCG 2020 V12 reciprocating gas engines and a 1.4MWe hydrogen fuel cell, the largest in the UK, as part of the sites energy infrastructure requirements.

Edina is the official UK and Ireland distributor for MWM manufactured gas engines which offer market leading efficiency, reliability, flexibility and environmental sustainability…together with low lifecycle and high profitability.

The two 1MWe natural gas fuelled reciprocating engines will be containerised within attenuated acoustic enclosures at Edina’s manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, to provide electricity and heating to the site via combined heat and power application.

Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as Cogeneration, is the most fuel efficient, and environmentally friendly process of using a single fuel to simultaneously produce electricity and heat at the point of use. CHP offers a significant reduction in energy costs, carbon emissions and maintains security of power supply.

An onsite Anaerobic Digestion facility is also being considered and is expected to provide renewable energy to the sites eco-system from local farms and food waste – with the biogas produced used to produce electricity.

Aberdeen City Council appointed UK property developer Henry Boot Developments Limited as the preferred Development Partner, which later appointed Robertson Group as its main contractor to deliver the project.

The AECC development will include exhibition space, conference facilities and three hotels – increasing maximum capacity to 12,500 from 8,500. Located near Aberdeen International Airport, the near 540,000 square foot development is expected to attract new national and international events bringing 4.5 million visitors and £113million worth of spend to Granite City by 2025.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing; said: “The scale of the new £333million AECC and its energy centre further underlines Aberdeen’s position as global energy capital.”

“The new AECC which will open in 2019 is designed to be a world-class exhibition, conference and meeting room venue and also we want it to be a leader in using sustainable technologies.”

Both MWM engines were delivered to site in December 2017 and will be commissioned later in 2018.

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