Vital Energi create sustainable future for Bridlington Hospital

Vital Energi are working with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a multi technology energy project which will see Bridlington Hospital on course to become one of the most sustainable NHS sites in the UK.

Vital Energi have installed air source heat pumps and solar PV systems to significantly reduce Bridlington Hospital’s carbon emissions. The energy efficiency of the hospital will be improved through the installation of energy conservation measures, including thermal insulation and modifying air handling units to reduce energy consumption. The energy project also includes the optimisation of the heating and hot water systems across the hospital estate which will both reduce energy usage and improve the performance of the new heat pumps.

Currently, the hospital’s heating and hot water is generated by 20-year-old gas fired boilers and a gas fired CHP system.  The project will see the CHP being de-commissioned and one of the boilers removed to make way for the installation of a 600kW air source heat pump system which will be capable of supplying 100% of the heating and hot water demand of the hospital.  When coupled with the new 750kWp solar PV system, the heat pumps will provide zero carbon heat generation at the hospital.

The solar PV system, which combines over 1,600 panels both ground and roof mounted, will be capable of supplying 100% of the electricity demand of the heat pumps, meaning at times 100% of the heat demand of the hospital will be met via a 100% renewable source.  The solar PV will also provide a proportion of the hospital’s electricity requirements too.

The hospital’s energy related carbon emissions will be reduced by over 50% compared to current operations, and as the national grid continues to decarbonise electricity generation, these savings will increase further.

Tunde Oyeledun, the Trust's Energy Manager, said:

"I am excited to see the range of energy efficient solutions being delivered to advance the Trust's position on its path to net zero and reinforce its commitment to achieving its carbon reduction target."

“We set out to design and deliver a solution which would enable the Trust to fully transition from gas fired heat generation to a more sustainable system, which we had to do whilst ensuring the project did not increase the Trust’s annual energy and operational costs. We have achieved this and are delighted that we have given the Trust a system which, not only means the Trust is no longer reliant on burning fossil fuel at the hospital, but they will also have an energy system which is capable of being 100% carbon zero.”

Steve Black, Account Director at Vital Energi

The project received £4.7m grant funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which is administered by Salix Finance on behalf of the Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), formally part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to replace old gas (oil and coal) powered heating and hot water systems with low carbon systems whilst reducing the heat requirement through energy efficiency measures such as increased insulation. The funding was secured through the combined efforts of the Trust and Vital Energi teams working together to submit a complex application within an extremely challenging timeframe.

DESNZ, York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Vital Energi are delivering the project through the Carbon and Energy Fund Framework, which has been specifically created to fund complex energy infrastructure upgrades for public sector organisations.

Lee Podger, Client Relationship Manager with the CEF, said:

“The CEF has been working with the Trust for over eight years, initially with the procurement of new low carbon energy facilities at the Trust’s sites within York and Bridlington. The project at Bridlington is set to be a landmark scheme, which will provide valuable insight into how existing NHS estate can be transformed into efficient low carbon assets.”