The University of Northampton has officially opened a £6.5 million Biomass Energy Centre that will help deliver hot water and heat via a district heating network at its Waterside campus.
The University has worked closely with Vital Energi to construct the energy centre.
The centre has been designed to produce less emissions that traditional systems and will save over 1,000 tons of CO2 in the short term by using woodchip biomass and gas to provide hot water and low carbon heating to buildings around the campus.
This will rise to 2,200 tons annually once the Combined Heat and Power Engine is added to the centre. This is the equivalent of taking 431 cars off the road each year.
A 26-metre flue shaft and its 12 metre-high LED screen will be showcasing the University at the gateway to the town on the Bedford Road.
Mike Cooke, Regional Director at Vital Energi, said: “Creating a renewable energy solution for a new town centre campus is an ambitious objective, however the University has achieved this whilst demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.
“From the energy centre’s unique architecture and cladding through to the LED screen of the flue shaft, the scheme creates a great example for the industry.”
The University’s Waterside Campus is currently being built on a former 58-acre brownfield site on the banks of the River Nene close to Northampton town centre.
Work started in July 2015, and the campus will open in September 2018 ready for the new academic year.