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Dalkia works to reduce CO2 emissions from North Somerset schools
Published:  08 September, 2008

The installation of a solar thermal array at a school in Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, is expected to deliver CO2 savings of over 41 t a year. Dalkia designed and installed the system at St Martin’s Junior School as part of its ongoing work to reduce energy costs for schools in North Somerset.

This refurbishment project is part of North Somerset Council’s local structure plan, which will see all new buildings generating 15% of their energy requirements using onsite methods of micro-generation.

The strategy includes a sustainable model of energy saving and re-investment by Dalkia. School buildings upgrade plant and equipment using capital savings made through energy efficiencies implemented by Dalkia.

The new plant completely replaces the 40-year-old oil-fired heating system and incorporates a new gas-fired condensing boiler and a solar-thermal system. The school has also been fitted with a BMS to provide precise control of all building services.

The solar thermal element of the plant is expected to provide over a third of the system’s monthly base load. The gas heating will deliver CO2 savings of around 36 t a year, with a further 4 t contribution from the solar thermal array.