University of York installs last of three MWM engines for 5.3-MW CHP plant on campus

Nov. 29, 2022
The new CHP plant at the campus is driven by MWM TCG 3020 V20 gas-fired engines. Each of the first two MWM units can generate about 1.56 MW at capacity, although the third one is rated higher at close to 2.3 MW

European distributor Edina has installed the third MWM gas engine as part of the on-site combined heat and power (CHP) plant overhaul at the University of York in England.

The new CHP plant at the campus is driven by MWM TCG 3020 V20 gas-fired engines. Each of the first two MWM units can generate about 1.56 MW at capacity, although the third one is rated higher at close to 2.3 MW.

The natural gas-powered units are backed by a 850-kW biomass boiler near York’s Heslington East campus. The boiler can deliver close to 7 million kWh of heat energy annually, operating on wood chips and pellets.

Combined heat and power plants offer improved energy efficiency by utilizing both the electricity generated and the heat utilized for steam and heating on campus.

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The container surrounding the power engine is unique, according to installer Edina.

“We created bespoke artwork around three sides of the container perimeter to visualize the internal components and workings of the CHP plant," Adam Bloom, head of sales at Edina, said in a statement. "This requirement forms part of an expansive learning initiative designed to engage the university students and staff on the energy-efficient technologies powering their campus and facilities whilst educating the university’s engineers of tomorrow.”The new CHP power plant improves on energy efficiency goals set by the university. It has announced a sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

The University of York houses a Centre for Energy Efficient Materials diving into research on energy conversion, solar power and catalysts. The university itself was established in 1963.

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