World-leading hospital plans new CHP

A Surrey hospital is to install a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant which, it claims, will reduce the site's carbon emissions by over 40%.

The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton – a world leader of cancer diagnosis and treatment – has named energy management firm MITIE as the preferred bidder for the project.

MITIE’s bid featured a gas engine to generate heat and power for the hospital, reducing the need to buy energy from the grid and cutting the hospital’s annual CO2 emissions by 3,655 tons per year. Any excess energy produced by the plant may also be used to power neighbouring amenities on the site.

Mike Tivey, managing director of MITIE’s asset management division, praised the plan, saying the hospital would benefit threefold.

“This project highlights the huge benefits of generating your own energy,” said Mr Tivey. “[It means] the Royal Marsden can achieve significant economic savings, cut carbon emissions and meet and exceed their NHS carbon targets.”

The CHP plant will replace the Royal Marsden’s existing energy system and should be installed by summer 2012. In financial terms, the £600,000 annual savings the CHP plant represents for the hospital is enough to fund 18 new nurses each year.

Sam Plester

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