Green power plant to save local hospital £500k a year

Huge savings are set to be made from a new power plant which is now operational at Southend University Hospital.

The Trust’s Estates and Facilities team has introduced a new state-of-the-art power plant that will generate £500,000 net savings a year from 2020, helping towards the hospital’s efficiency savings and massively improve its carbon footprint.

John Henry, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “Our on-site Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is expected to save us a significant amount of money each year and pay back its initial cost by October 2020.

It also saves 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions – that’s like taking 1,000 cars off the roads each year.”

Heating, lighting and providing hot water for an estate the size of Southend Hospital was previously costing £1.82 million a year, and produced over 10,000 tonnes of CO2.

Both have been slashed. Initial savings are £111,000 a year after green loan repayments and, from October 2020, will rise to £500,000.

The cost of the £1.69 million CHP is funded by a government interest-free green loan paid back through the savings generated. CHP works by self-generating electricity by a gas fired heat engine connected to an electrical generator, which produces hot water as a valuable by-product.

This particular project has been over two-and-a-half years in the making with the new power station finally coming online in December last year, which is when it also started making savings for the Trust.

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