Vital Energi has won a contract with London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust to make annual energy cost savings of £1.9 million and cut carbon emissions at Northwick Park Hospital.
The provider is carrying out the project through the Carbon and Energy Fund Framework, which was created to facilitate energy infrastructure projects for public sector bodies.
The 15-year performance-based deal will see the implementation of a self-funding fully integrated energy solution, which entails converting the existing steam heating system to a low temperature hot water (LTHW) distribution infrastructure. This will be supplied by a modern gas-fired combined heat and power unit, with a selective catalytic reduction system, LTHW boilers and solar photovoltaic arrays.
A combination of water and air source heat pumps and a battery energy storage system will also be installed, which will help to create a smart grid from which the local community will benefit, plus a range of energy conservation measures (ECMs) funded by the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).
Vital Energi will deliver ECMs such as a 643kWp solar PV array on the roof, optimisation and upgrades to the existing building management system, pipework insulation, and the retrofit and upgrades of existing air handling units and chillers, all designed to reduce energy consumption and the overall carbon emissions of the Northwick Park Hospital.
The PSDS funding, administered by Salix on behalf of the Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, was secured by the trust and Vital Energi teams.
Ashley Malin, Vital Energi Solutions’ managing director, said: “Having supported the trust through their PSDS application, we’re proud to have designed an optimum energy solution which aligns with the aspirations for the future development of the hospital by providing space within the energy centre to introduce additional energy technologies. As well as guaranteeing a significant reduction in carbon emissions along with substantial financial and energy savings, we’re working alongside hospital staff to ensure energy services continue as normal and the patient experience is not affected.”
Mark Trumper, the trust’s director of estates & facilities, added: “The financial savings and the eradication of high-risk backlog maintenance cannot be underestimated at an NHS Trust, however, we are extremely proud to be part of a team that will save 2,500 tonnes of carbon every year in London.
“This was only deliverable through complete collaboration, an innovative commercial model to maximise value, and an expedited project delivery within a long-term partnering arrangement.”
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