BAE Systems is set to install a specialist combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the UK Royal Navy’s Portsmouth Naval Base.
Work has already started on the new CHP plant, which will recycle energy consumption on the naval base, thereby saving up to £4m in annual energy costs.
The CHP system is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and will produce electricity and heat from a single fuel source.
BAE Systems engineering and energy services head Chris Courtaux said: “By developing this new facility we will be able to recycle energy consumption on the naval base as well as deliver a significant cost saving. This is an innovative solution to support the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.
“We continue to work closely with the Royal Navy to deliver long-term energy cost savings to the naval base.”
The new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be permanently based at the naval base, increasing the facility’s energy and electrical requirements.
Portsmouth Naval Base head of infrastructure Captain Iain Greenlees said: “As the largest energy consumer across defence, making a radical change to both the cost and carbon footprint of Portsmouth Naval Base is a rare and really exciting opportunity.”
The CHP facility is being built as part of a £12m amendment to an existing Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF) contract with the Ministry of Defence.
Under the MSDF contract, BAE Systems is responsible for managing Portsmouth Naval Base on behalf of the Royal Navy, as well as supporting half of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet on UK and global operations.