Clarke Energy Make Heat and Power Work

Clarke Energy, the Liverpool based green energy solutions company have successfully completed another Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation at the Ordnance Survey Headquarters in Southampton.

As the exclusive UK distributors for the superb Jenbacher gas engine range, Clarke Energy were seen as the ideal company to fulfil the energy needs of the 80,000 sq. m building.

The Facilities Manager at Southampton, Mike Grey, has been impressed:

“The scheme is on target to achieve a better than expected payback period of under six years in spite of lower electricity and higher gas prices.“

The 2 Jenbacher J316 purpose-designed gas engines are each rated at 836kW.

Because the Jenbacher is specifically designed to run on natural gas and is not a converted diesel engine, it offers superior efficiency and increased reliability over its competitors.

A mezzanine floor above the engine enclosures carries the exhaust silencers, heat exchangers and all the services to keep the need for floor-space down to a minimum.

Designed to meet the 1.6MW electricity demand and the 3.5MW heat demand of the building, the Ordnance Survey has increased demand by approximately 300kW of electrical power since Customs and Excise started utilising a previously redundant part of the building. Currently the Ordnance Survey buys the extra demand from the national grid but improved efficiency measures look to reduce this. The energy to power the absorption chilling requirements of the building can be run directly from the heat created by the CHP system, enabling 300kW of electrical load to be saved.

The Ordnance Survey installation follows similar CHP schemes installed by Clarke Energy. To date, hospitals, universities, chemical works and even sewage plants have benefited from their award-winning knowledge.

For more information call the Clarke Energy Commercial Manager Ian S. Hill on 0151 546 4446

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