- Eastside District Energy Schemes
Eastside District Energy Schemes
The Eastside Schemes are split into two phases. Phase one is the Aston University Scheme and phase two is Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) Scheme. There is also a large urban regeneration area which the Eastside Schemes are planned to expand into. The Eastside Scheme consumers include:
- Aston University Main Campus
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
- Lancaster Circus (Birmingham City Council)
- Woodcock Street Administration (BCC)
BDEC commenced its delivery of low carbon sustainable energy to Aston University in 2009. A total of 3MWe of CHP capacity has been installed within BDEC’s Jennens Road Energy Centre. The scheme initially delivered CO2 emission reductions of 5,300 tonnes per annum, with further contracts for third party connections placed to receive heat from the scheme before the CHP construction project had even been completed. Additionally, a new purpose built Energy Centre, consisting of a 1.6MWe CHP now serves the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham City Council’s Lancaster Circus offices with lowcarbon energy. The scheme, operational from August 2010, delivers a further 4,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions savings each year.
BDEC has received a number of awards over the years around low carbon energy, innovation and partnership. These include acknowledgement from the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE), recognising major innovation within heating networks and CHPs. In addition, the scheme contributed in the ITHECA consortium being outright winners of the Business Innovation category at the Midlands Environmental Business Company awards due to innovative partnership collaborations with Aston University, Open Energy and Cenex in producing a world first Intelligent Transport, Heating and Electrical Control Agent (ITHECA).