Centrax is to supply the gas-turbine generator set at the heart of a new energy centre at a major health campus in Scotland, where it will reduce the hospital’s carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20 per cent while cutting costs by some £2 million (US$3 million) per year.
The combined heat and power centre, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Foresterhill site, will feature a natural gas-fuelled Centrax generator set, powered by a Rolls-Royce 501-KB7 gas turbine, combined with a waste heat recovery boiler. In addition there will be a biomass boiler fired by woodchips for renewable energy and three dual-fuel boilers running on gas and light oil.
The Centrax package will produce 5.5 MW of electricity plus 12 tonnes of steam per hour.
“This new energy centre will not only replace our old high-maintenance boiler plant but will also provide a modern and flexible system suitable for what is one of the largest single health campuses in Europe,” reports Gary Mortimer, Estates Manager for National Health Service Grampian Estates.
“It will provide extra energy needed for current and future developments at Foresterhill and bring a 17 per cent reduction in present C02 emissions, equating to some 4500 tonnes per year. This partial shift away from fossil fuels also puts NHS Grampian in the best position to manage future energy cost fluctuations.”
The decision to install a Centrax package reflects the UK National Health
Service’s and UK government’s commitment to cutting C02 emissions by implementing more sustainable energy production methods. The new centre will generate about 90 per cent of the Foresterhill site’s electricity.
This order for Centrax extends the company’s successful recent sales record in the UK healthcare sector. Major hospitals choosing Centrax gas turbine plants include Dundee (2.6MW) and Leeds (4.8MW).