Award Winning Hybrid Energy Centre
Wirral Metropolitan College's Award Winning Hybrid Energy Centre with Thermal and Electrical Storage
After an internal competition for funding in 2017 and 2018, the Liverpool Development Partnership along with others provided the funding for the project. This is the only project in the world demonstrating an integrated solution using microturbine gas engines, phase change material thermal storage and electrical storage. The system installation began in April 2018 and was completed in December 2018. The system has been operating since December and has produced an average reduction in the sites energy costs of some 38% to 40% and site carbon savings of 18%. Electrical carbon savings are 46%. We are still optimising the operation of the technology to improve its performance.
It is planned to extend the system to incorporate; Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Points and Electrical Grid Support using an aggregator to market the sites excess electricity capacity.
We can demonstrate that at £29.03 per cost of using 1MWH of heat and 500kWh of electricity, Integrated CHP is much lower than heat pumps with the RHI or other technologies. The carbon savings are also lower with this technology.