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27 Oct 2011 02:10:15

New museum powered by ENER-G plays starring role in CNN green documentary

Museum of Liverpool Energy Centre by ENER-G
CNN, in its climate change TV documentary, has hailed the new Museum of Liverpool – powered by sustainable power company ENER-G – as ‘one of the greenest museums on earth’

The ‘Road to Durban: A Green City Journey’ documentary has been produced in preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (28 Nov 2011 – 09 Dec 2011). It explores the cities making strides in reducing their carbon footprints.

The new Museum of Liverpool, which opened in July 2011, is powered by an eco-friendly energy generation centre that converts both renewable biodiesel and natural gas into low carbon heat, cooling and electricity.

Salford-based ENER-G has designed and built the ultra efficient energy centre and installed its advanced trigeneration technology that will reduce the museum’s carbon emissions by 884 tonnes per year.

By using combined heat and power in this way the museum’s energy centre is more than twice as efficient as conventional power generation where heat is wasted into the atmosphere and transmission losses occur. The carbon saving is equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing 295 cars from the road.
The technology will also generate guaranteed cost savings – underwritten by ENER-G – of £500,000 per year. It is providing the lead power supply for the site, meeting all of the museum’s daily requirements for heating, cooling and electricity and providing a secure energy source.

The system, which was designed, manufactured and installed by ENER-G, comprises two 385kW bio-diesel combined heat and power (CHP) units, two 768kW natural gas CHP systems, two 850kW boilers, a 1000kW absorption chiller and a 998kW conventional compression chiller. The two biodiesel units are able to run on different types of biodiesel - obtained from renewable sources.

The trigeneration system is split between a plant room in the new building and the historic Great Western Railway goods shed on Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront, within a World Heritage Site. ENER-G sensitively converted the goods shed into a state-of-the-art energy centre with sophisticated remote monitoring and diagnostic facilities. The clean technology company will operate and maintain the plant for 17 years.

Ian Williams, director of estates for National Museums Liverpool said: “It was essential that our green credentials and sustainability were at the forefront of developing a new modern museum. As well as having our own energy centre, rain water is harvested from the museum’s large roof to feed the internal toilet system.”

Alan Barlow, managing director of ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, said: “This was a challenging project that involved carefully preserving the GWR building exterior in line with stringent planning conditions and designing the energy centre to operate independently of the utility electrical supply. We are working with National Museums Liverpool to create a small visitor facility where groups can gain an understanding of CHP technology and its contribution to the museum’s sustainability.”

Commercial law firm Hill Dickinson, working with Cynergin Consultants, advised the museum on the outsourcing of the design, installation and operation of the new energy facilities – setting out a complex set of agreements between National Museums Liverpool and ENER-G. The project is being funded by The Co-operative Bank.

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