CHP Energy Centre

Business benefits from ultra-efficient and cleaner energy thanks to Combined Heat and Power (CHP) centre

Client: APS Salads flagship site; Europa Nursery.

Services/ Systems installed:

  • Design and Build of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy centre
  • Planning application and discharge foundations and site works
  • Mechanical and electrical fit out
  • CO2 distribution
  • Civil and builders works
  • Heating, Electrics and controls
  • Environmental computer and CHP interface
  • Glasshouse construction

Scope of our work:

Our team at CambridgeHOK completed a full turnkey project including the design, construction and fit out of a new energy centre for client APS Salads, at its flagship Europa Nursery site.

Efficient energy provision was at the heart of this development for one of the UK’s largest tomato growers, and our team worked with P3P to design and built a 15 MW gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy centre alongside nearly 15 hectares of existing and new, state of the art glasshouses. Two 7.5MW Rolls Royce engines were also used for this design, housed in a specialist acoustic building, together with a CO2 treatment system and a large 5.6 million litres heat store and closed loop heating system.

To supply the Rolls Royce engines and boilers the gas connection and electrical infrastructure and grid connection were upgraded. A new gas pipe was laid on site to accommodate the higher pressure required by the Rolls Royce engines. New regulator systems were employed to control the delivery of gas to the engines.

The Results

The process of using both the heat and power from one generator results in a more efficient and cleaner energy. Also by using the carbon dioxide within the food production, this bespoke energy generation concept significantly increases the crop yield and simultaneously lowers the CO2 emissions.

The whole system is ultra-efficient at levels of over 90% with all the waste heat and most of the CO2 being used by the grower to enhance crop yields.

For more information or to discuss your energy needs, contact Charlotte Penn on email at [email protected] or call +44 07896245714


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