Everyone Active has appointed Pure World Energy (PWE) to install combined heat and power (CHP) gas microturbine units at 20 of its facilities across the UK. Of these, Weymouth Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre in Dorset and Horfield Leisure Centre in Bristol have become the first two to benefit from the installation of a PWE Micro Power Station.
PWE, the authorised UK distributor for Capstone Turbine Corporation, will go on to install Capstone C65 CHP microturbines at the other 18 sites, with the devices delivering heat and electricity to Everyone Active on an energy services company (ESCO) contract basis – allowing the operator to reduce its energy costs and carbon emissions in line with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.
Weymouth Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre is a multi-use leisure centre owned by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and managed by Everyone Active. The PWE Micro Power Station, which consists of one C65 CHP gas microturbine, started running in December 2017 and is already achieving savings in energy costs and carbon emissions. It is expected to generate up to 345,000 kilowatt-electric (kWe) of electricity and 634,000 kilowatt-thermal (kWth) of heat per year. It will also provide a total carbon reduction of 1,850 metric tonnes of CO2 over the period of the contract – the equivalent of driving 391 cars for one year.
Jon Senior, regional director for Everyone Active, said: “The installations at Weymouth, Horfield and other facilities within our portfolio form a large part of our wider energy efficiency plan. The significant energy cost savings we expect to make will enable us to invest in further enhancing our facilities and service provision to local communities.”
Providing 85 per cent of the total electricity consumption and 73 per cent of total heat consumption, two Capstone C65 CHP gas microturbines have been installed at Horfield Leisure Centre. The use of two microturbines supports the large facility’s significant heat requirements – requirements that arise from services including a newly refurbished gym, a 25m swimming pool, a teaching pool, extensive group exercise classes and a sports hall.
The PWE Micro Power Station commissioned in January, is set to generate up to 885,000 kWe of electricity and 881,000 kWth of heat per annum. It will also provide a total carbon reduction of 3200 metric tonnes of CO2 over the 15-year contract – the equivalent of 685 cars driven for one year.
Jez Whitling, head of business development at Pure World Energy, commented: “We are delighted to have installed a PWE Micro Power Station at Weymouth Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre and Horfield Leisure Centre. It marks the first two installations of our new partnership with Everyone Active. We look forward to supporting its ongoing energy management strategy by delivering significant energy and carbon savings to a minimum of 20 Everyone Active facilities. The next eight of which are currently in progress for completion within the next six months.”