Cofely – Birmingham District Energy Scheme
The tri-generation Birmingham District Energy Scheme is owned and operated by Cofely District Energy, which provides low-carbon heat, electricity and chilled water to a range of buildings in the city.
It includes a large-scale combined heat and power boiler, supported by conventional boilers for top-up and resilience. Surplus heat is used to generate chilled water from absorption chillers, while the electricity generated is used for the sites supplied by the system.
With the first contract signed in 2006, the scheme has expanded considerably, with a 21,000 sq m administration block and privately owned student accommodation added last year.
The company reports that capital costs have been reduced by approximately 20 per cent compared with conventional systems.
Further benefits have included the freeing-up of space within the city centre buildings included in the scheme, as no plant rooms are required. Cofely also notes that consumers can expect to save between 5 and 10 per cent on their overall energy bills.
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