The complex project involved:
Construction of a 0.5km access road
High-voltage cable connections to the University
Excavation and construction of the turbine foundations
Delivery and erection of the turbine itself
The Biomass Boiler burns organic wood chips to
generate heat which is then fed into the University’s district
heating system. The wood chips are sourced from local,
commercial forests, managed on a long-term sustainable
basis and within 30 miles of the University.
Installation of the Biomass Boiler commenced in July
2012 in the new Energy Centre. Construction works were
completed in late 2012 and the boiler was commissioned in
Between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014, the 1 MW
boiler produced 16% of the campus heating demand and is
projected to cut carbon emissions by 950 tCO2e per annum.
COMBINED HEAT AND POWER ENGINE
The Combined Heat and Power Engine (CHP) is a gasfired engine that produces heat and electricity and is used
to power and heat student residences, lecture theatres
and offices across campus, via the district heating system.
Carbon emissions from electricity produced by the CHP
are approximately half of those from electricity taken from
the grid, whilst the cost of electricity from the CHP is also
significantly lower than that from the grid.
The CHP supplied 28% of the University’s annual
electricity consumption in 2013-14, reducing carbon
emissions by approximately 2,000 tCO2e per annum;
enough electricity to supply 1755 houses for one year.
Overall, the CHP supplies approximately 50% of the campus
Jan Bastiaans, Energy Manager, Lancaster University,
“As custodians of the land we occupy, it is our
responsibility to ensure the actions we take enhance,
protect or preserve our environment and resources. At
Lancaster University we lead a number of initiatives to
promote and fully embed sustainability. Our wind turbine
and CHP engine now supply 40% of our electricity usage.
We have increased our recycling rate from 4% to 80% over
the last seven years and reduced our carbon emissions by
22% since 2005.
“Our pioneering approach to sustainability has enabled
us to forge a reputation as a sector leader and brought us a
clutch of awards which recognise excellence across HE.
“In 2015 we enjoyed double success in the prestigious
Green Gown Awards – winning one award for our
integrated, cutting-edge food project, Edible Campus,
(alongside Lancaster University Students’ Union) and
another for the ground-breaking work undertaken by the
University’s Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. This followed