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Heat and power system to cut bills

A joint project involving ENER-G, GSH Group and Telereal Trillium is expected to cut energy use by 20 per cent at a Government building in Leeds.

A combined heat and power system being put into Quarry House is expected to help shave £90,000 off the annual fuel bill at the regional offices of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health.

Salford-based ENER-G has designed and produced the 500kw system. Electricity is produced by an engine linked to an alternator and the heat it produces warms the building.

This is the first time the DWP has used the technology. Head of sustainability and climate change Richard Fountain said: “We estimate net financial savings of around £90,000 a year and a 0.5% contribution to DWP’s overall carbon reduction target.”

Mark Pollard, senior project engineer at ENER-G, said: “We all feel that the installation has been a great success. We finished within the budget and time frame, which given some of the restrictions at the start, was a fantastic achievement.”

Tim Scott set up the firm in 1997 to make combined heat and power systems and since then expansion has seen the 760-employee global company focus on low carbon and renewable energy products.