Birmingham New Street Station CHP plant

A new carbon saving calculator has been unveiled at Birmingham New Street Station to demonstrate the emission reductions resulting from its connection to the Birmingham District Energy Scheme.

Network Rail’s Birmingham New Street Station is supplied with low carbon heating generated by a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The plant generates power on-site, using the excess heat.

Terberg Control Systems, a CUBIC partner in the Netherlands, recently supplied a switchboard to control the new 1.6 MWe combined heat and power generator set.

The facility is owned and operated by district energy specialist ENGIE through the Birmingham District Energy Company, a partnership with Birmingham City Council.

The plant is part of a scheme launched in 2007. The scheme aims to help the city achieve its goal of reducing CO2  emissions with 60% by 2027. This local low carbon energy infrastructure makes the city less reliant on National Grid for its power, thereby reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The completion of the new CHP is expected to generate additional emission savings of more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Reducing the station’s carbon footprint by building its own combined heating and power plant is an important part of creating a sustainable station fit for the future. The excess heat created by the station’s plant can now be used by the city’s shared district heating network to heat surrounding offices and enterprises.