Ipswich: New generator set to save hospital energy

The hospital has teamed up with specialist firm Raygen to install a Bio Fuel electricity generator,

The hospital has teamed up with specialist firm Raygen to install a Bio Fuel electricity generator, in the first partnership of its kind in the UK. - Credit: PAGEPIX LTD

BRIGHT sparks at Ipswich Hospital are switching on a new environmentally-friendly generator to revolutionise its electricity supply.

In the first partnership of its kind in the UK, the hospital has teamed up with specialist firm Raygen to install a Bio Fuel electricity generator.

The generator will save the hospital at least 4,100 tonnes of CO2 (carbon dioxide) every year – the equivalent of filling 850 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

In equivalent energy terms, this is enough electricity to supply nearly 4,000 homes for a year and is a 40% reduction in the hospital’s carbon footprint.

Jeff Calver, associate director of estates at the hospital, said: “We are proud to be NHS trailblazers in this hugely significant carbon reduction scheme.

“The benefits stretch far wider than the hospital, out into the community and beyond at a time when reducing our carbon footprint is of international importance.”

Not only will the generator produce the electricity needed to run the 47-acre hospital site, but surplus will be sold by Raygen to the National Grid for local homes, with a percentage of the profit going to the hospital. The hospital will pay a competitive fixed rate for the electricity it uses.

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Building work has begun at the north end of the site and the large generator is set to be up and running by October.

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