Energy and Carbon
We've taken a socially responsible approach to our energy efficiency in the past and already have a strong infrastructure of sustainable facilities to build upon.
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Lancaster University Wind Turbine
Generating between 4,000,000 and 5,000,000 kWh of electricity and catering for around 14% of the University's electricity consumption each year, the wind turbine has produced enough electricity to power over 1200 homes for a year.
Installed in November 2012 at a cost of £3.5Million, the turbine was expected to produce between 13 and 16% of Lancaster's annual electricity consumption (depending on average wind speeds). The turbine has reduced University carbon emissions by 1,000-2,200tCO2e each year since installation.
The turbine is operated from Germany and monitored by a partner company who provide us with regular data about its performance. Alongside this, the University's Building Management System (BMS) provides more insight into the savings that we have been able to make. The Environmental Management Team monitor our performance around carbon emissions using this information.
The turbine was recently maintained and underwent some repair works which took around two weeks to carry out. The works required the blades to be removed via a crane and the bearings within the turbine to be replaced. This was the first major maintenance required since it was installed. The low maintenance nature of a wind turbine means the energy production is steady and reliable. The University has explored a second Wind Turbine but has not been successful in obtaining planning permission yet.
of the University's electricity is supplied by the Wind Turbine
are saved as a direct result of producing electricity in this way
The Wind Turbine produces enough energy to power more than 1200 homes for a year
Combined Heat and Power Engine
The Combined Heat and Power Engine (CHP) is a gas fired engine that produces heat and electricity. It's used to power and heat student residences, lecture theatres and offices across campus.
Installed in 2012, the CHP generates 2.2MW of heat and 1.9MW of electricity per year, whilst producing around half as many carbon emissions than taking electricity directly from the grid, making it both an efficient and cost effective source of power.
Typically the engine supplies around 25-40% of the University's annual electricity consumption.
The CHP is shut down between June and September every year to facilitate vital inspections and maintenance works.
of the University's electricity is supplied by the CHP engine
Electricity produced by the CHP is approximately half the cost of that purchased from the national grid
The CHP runs continuously for over six months of the year.
The Biomass Boiler burns organic material such as locally sourced wood chips to generate heat, which is then fed into the University’s district heating system.
Currently, the boiler supplies around 2-3% of the total heat demand on campus each year. The 1MW output boiler was installed in 2013 as part of the construction of our dedicated Energy Centre and reduces carbon emissions by approximately 230tCO2e per annum.
The wood chips that fuel the boiler are sourced from local commercial forests within 30 miles of the University. These forests are replanted following harvesting and managed on a long term sustainable basis.
Like with the CHP engine, the Biomass boiler is shut down for maintenance during the summer, when heat demand is at its lowest.
of the University's total heat demand is supplied by the Biomass Boiler
are saved as a direct result of producing heat in this way
The wood chips that fuel the boiler are sourced from local commercial forests within 30 miles of the University.
The University is planning to develop a solar PV farm comprising of around 39,000 solar panels that will aim to produce all of the University's required energy when combined with our existing resources. Follow the project and have your say by clicking the link.Solar Farm