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CHP Good Enough For The Crown

27 November 2019

A combined heat and power system has been completed at Crown Place Norwich which has been converted by Crown Student Living into student accommodation.

Helec was selected to provide the low NOx project for the redevelopment, which is expected to save an estimated £38,000 in energy costs and 204,000kg of CO2 emissions per year. Helec specified and supplied two 33 kWe Energimizer EM33NG CHP systems, which were installed in the plant room by building services company FP Hurley in June 2019. The refurbishment of the 705-bedroom accommodation block opened in September 2019.

Anthony Isaacs, Project Engineer at FP Hurley, said: “The Energimizer CHP units are very easy to work with. Helec’s engineers were also very helpful with regards to getting the units started for the purpose of the building management system’s control strategy - this was all done over the phone.”

FP Hurley, a mechanical and electrical systems contractor based in Bridgend, South Wales, have been partnering with Crown Student Living over a number of years in order to design and deliver M&E services.



In December 2018, Helec were brought in to commission a solution to the hot water requirements and to help reduce electrical power consumption of Crown Student Living’s Crown Place Cardiff, a 374-bedroom student accommodation block. The requirement was to ensure consistent hot water throughout the year while keeping costs to a minimum per residence.

Taking into account all individual requirements, an Energimizer EM22NG Combined Heat & Power unit was specified and installed within the building’s plant room. This CHP system is expected to lead to annual fuel savings of £9,900 and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 56,500kg.



Earlier in 2018, another Crown Student Living project, a new 576-bed student accommodation block, Crown Place Portsmouth, specified and installed two 22 kWe Energimizer EM22NG CHP units to deliver hot water services and on-site electrical power, reducing the need for grid dependency. It was estimated that this CHP system would lead to annual fuel savings worth £21,000, and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 114,000kg.

Picture: Helec has provided a CHP solution for Crown Student Living accommodation.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 27 November 2019


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