Veolia and UEA sign new contract to reduce carbon emissions

17 October 2017 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2017 12:00)

Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia CHP UK, has signed a new contract with University of East Anglia (UEA) in England to help the university to reduce its carbon emissions.

Veolia and UEA sign new contract to reduce carbon emissions
Veolia installs two combined heat and power unitsat University of East Anglia in England. Credit: Veolia.

Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia CHP UK, has signed a new contract with University of East Anglia (UEA) in England to help the university to reduce its carbon emissions.

Veolia has already installed two of its combined heat and power (CHP) units within the 320-acre UEA campus as part of the ten-year deal.

The company is also set to provide lifetime monitoring and maintenance for the CHP under the new combined heat and power agreement.

UEA representative Richard Bettle said: “These latest CHP engines replaced the original engines installed in 1999 and, along with a third existing CHP engine, will allow us to generate over 80% of electricity onsite, reducing costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”

UEA’s new Veolia 4MW CHP units are expected to assist the university in reducing its carbon emissions by approximately 35% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline, as well as support the university’s ‘Sustainable Ways’ vision.

The units are designed to generate roughly 30GWh of electricity annually and are slated to help reduce UEA’s annual carbon emissions by a further 4,000t.

“These latest CHP engines replaced the original engines installed in 1999 and will allow us to generate over 80% of electricity onsite.”

The CHP has been developed on the basis of two new-generation Veolia 2MWe units. It will be able to supply low-carbon heat and electricity to the UEA campus via a district heating and cooling network and electrical infrastructure.

A variety of new, more energy-efficient boilers, pumps and thermal stores have also been installed at UEA to capture surplus heat from the CHPs and use it throughout the day if required.

The storage facilities can hold 200,000t of water in order store the excess heat produced by the CHP engines.

The installation of the CHP units represented the final phase of a three-year project to modify UEA’s energy facilities.