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The university will use trigeneration technology to heat its Easter Bush campus with waste heat

Edinburgh Uni to install £9m Trigeneration scheme

The new system will use waste heat to produce heating on the campus

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 22, 2017 | Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh is set to harness the power of trigeneration in a new £9 million energy project to modernise the way heating, cooling and electricity is produced at its Easter Bush Veterinary Campus.

The system, which is being delivered by Vital Energi, will use the waste heat created during electricity generation to produce heating for buildings at the Easter Bush campus. In the warmer summer months when there is less demand, the heat will be converted into cooling.

The project will also see Vital Energi install a 4km, thermally efficient, buried district energy network which will transport the hot and chilled water around campus.

The University of Edinburgh is a great example of how embracing sustainable technology can deliver more affordable, reliable and lower-carbon energy - Mike Cooke, Regional Director for Vital Energi

Mike Cooke, Regional Director for Vital Energi commented, “The public sector have been at the forefront of Scotland’s decarbonisation initiative and The University of Edinburgh is a great example of how embracing sustainable technology can deliver more affordable, reliable and lower-carbon energy.

“Trigeneration is an exciting technology as it can operate at maximum efficiency all year round and our similar installations have a great track record of reducing emissions and saving money, so it’s an ideal solution at Easter Bush where they have a clear vision to deliver a 21st century, low-carbon campus.”

The energy centre will be powered by a 1.5MWe Combine Heat & Power engine and two 4MW boilers. Cooling will be provided by a 1.5MWc vapour compression chiller and both heating and cooling systems will have a 100m3 thermal stores. 

This will be the second energy centre delivered by Vital Energi for the University of Edinburgh after a successful installation at their Holyrood Campus.

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