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What’s Behind The Trend Of Energy Centres?

Date: 15 December 2015

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As boiler houses reach the end of their lives, there has been a trend to upgrade them into integrated energy centres in sectors such as hospitals, universities and leisure. In addition, some new housing and mixed-use developments have been building centralized CHP-powered energy centres, often connected to district heating networks, as they respond to building regulations and look to generate carbon and cost savings in the long term. This report clarifies the concept of energy centres for multiple market participants, including energy service providers, CHP specialists, power utilities, facilities management firms, as well as on-site energy managers. The analysis finds that the full optimization of energy centres requires multiple levels of systems thinking, integrated procurement across electricity and gas, and the development of partnership networks including CHP specialists and energy services firms. 


What’s Behind The Trend Of Energy Centres? 
Defining An Energy Centre
Long-Term Costs Savings And Carbon Reduction Benefits Are Driving The Development Of Energy Centres
The Development And Management Of Energy Centres Requires Systems Thinking


Figure 1. Benefits Of Energy Centres For Healthcare, Universities And Mixed-Use Facilities 


Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Bosch, Clatterbridge Hospital, Cofely GDF Suez, Cogenco, Edina, ENER-G, energyTEAM, Guy’s and St Thomas’, Heathrow Airport, Hoval,  Imperial College London, Inprova, kWIQly, Lancaster University, Liverpool University,  Mibec, NHS Grampian, Nifes, Noveus Energy, THERMflow, University of Warwick, Veolia, Vital Energi, Westminster City Council, York Teaching Hospital