UK’s Newcastle United Football Club's St James' Park Stadium has a newly-installed combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which has been provided by ENER-G.

Newcastle United Football Club will use the plant to produce its own low-carbon supply of power and heat, reducing CO² emissions by an addition of 390t every year.

Newcastle United's facilities manager Eddie Rutherford said: “The less energy we use, the less carbon we emit and the less impact we have on the environment, both locally and globally.

“Our partnership with ENER-G to introduce a high-efficiency CHP system is another major step in our mission to achieve outstanding green performance.”

In 2012, Newcastle United became the first football club in the world to be carbon positive by offsetting more carbon than it emits. The club was also awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

"In 2012, Newcastle United became the first football club to be carbon positive by offsetting more carbon than it emits."

As a result of electrical grid network constraints, ENER-G had to de-rate the 230kWh CHP engine to 185kWh capacity to obtain a 200kVa load threshold. The eight-storey plant room of Newcastle’s St James' Park Stadium also had spacing constraints, so the company deployed the CHP system in three sections and rebuilt on site.

ENER-G's sales director Ian Hopkins said: “The club is demonstrating that environmental leadership also makes good financial sense by reducing its energy bills at the same time as shrinking its carbon footprint.

“Best of all, the Club has installed the cogeneration system without any capital cost and is able to enjoy immediate savings, without any upfront expense.”

The system has been delivered under a 12-year agreement and works on a pay-as-you-save basis via ENER-G's Discount Energy Purchase scheme. It is funded through a metered energy charge.

Image: ENER-G combined heat and power system in Newcastle United plant room. Photo: courtesy of ENER-G.