EMCOR transforms energy generation at the University of Liverpool

Gas-powered CHP is at the heart of Liverpool University’s new energy centre being constructed by EMCOR Group (UK)

EMCOR Group (UK) has reached a key milestone in the major upgrading of infrastructure at the University of Liverpool, with a topping-out ceremony for the new £14 million energy centre marking the completion of the final section of the 47 m-high chimney. This new energy centre will reduce the university’s annual energy consumption by over 13 GWh and CO2 emissions by over 1500 t.

The heating-infrastructure project comprises the new energy centre and the upgrade of the existing campus energy infrastructure — from initial planning, design development and co-ordination of all electrical and mechanical construction through to commissioning and fit-out.

The new centre will produce electrical power for the university more cheaply than buying it commercially and supply heat to most of the buildings. At the heart of the centre is a gas-powered CHP unit and supporting boiler.

The project also involves centralising the heating infrastructure of the entire university campus, decommissioning existing plant and demolishing the boiler house and its 42 m chimney.

John Matthews, managing director of EMCOR Engineering Services, says, ‘EMCOR brings to this high-profile project for the University of Liverpool our design and engineering expertise and ability to deliver solutions that meet and exceed our clients’ needs.’

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