22 August 2013 — Clarke Energy has been awarded a contract to engineer, install and maintain a cogeneration plant at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales.

The university plans to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in energy consumption through the cogen system, which will help its goal to become carbon neutral by 2015.

The cogen plant will be driven by a GE Jenbacher J312 containerised gas engine, which will produce up to 637kWe of electrical output and achieve a total efficiency of close to 80 per cent. In addition, 705kWt of recovered thermal energy will be delivered to the existing campus hot water network as hot water at 95°C.

“Awarding the contract for the delivery of a cogeneration solution at the University in Bathurst to Clarke Energy represents an exciting step in a multi-faceted strategy for achieving carbon neutrality by 2015,” CSU green manager Ed Maher said.

“The cogen facility is forecast to achieve a seven per cent reduction to the University’s carbon footprint while also offering operational cost savings by offering a cheaper source of electricity and hot water to conventional grid and central boiler-sourced supplies”.

Clarke Energy managing director and main board director Greg Columbus said the university was taking a proactive approach to energy efficiency through their green initiatives.

“Clarke Energy is pleased to assist the University to reach their sustainability targets through the installation of GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration plant at Bathurst,” he said. “Clarke Energy look forward to supporting CSU with a balanced maintenance plan that delivers the plant reliability and availability required over the long term of the asset life.”