Anew energy centre with four high-efficiency heat pumps drawing heat from the subsurface will be installed in the NottinghamUniversity Hospitals NHS Trust(NUH) in Nottingham, England as part of a £64-million project to upgrade the energy efficiency of the Queen’s Medical Centre.
Theproposed geothermal heating and cooling system will harness energy from a 64 boreholes drilled to up to 250 meters depth. It had also been earlier announced that the energy-saving scheme will involved the replacement of the hospital’s single-glazed windows which had been in place since when the Queen’s Medical Centre was built. Funding for the project comes from Phase 3 of the Public Sector Decarbonization Scheme initiated by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.
Thenew energy centre will be built and operated by European utility firm E.ON.The firm has several ongoing geothermal projects across Europe, notably in Germanyand Denmark.
Accordingto the NUH, the project will reduce the carbon emissions of the hospital by 30% initially, and that this would increase to 43% with the eventual decommissioning of the hospital’s gas-fired heating system.
TheNUH is one of a growing list of NHS facilities that are transitioning to geothermal energy. A few months ago, the Salisbury District Hospital NHS Trust in Wiltshire engaged GT Energy todevelop and operate a geothermal heat plantto fulfill the full heat requirements of the hospital.