The Royal Navy has announced the installation of a first-of-its-kind in Europe ‘turbine in a box’ at its Liverpool regional headquarters.
The unique system has been fitted in order to slash energy costs and is the first step to taking Royal Navy Reserve unit HMS Eaglet off the grid. The Brunswick Dock waterfront headquarters, built in the 1990s, is used by 200 permanent staff and 1,000 full time service personnel.
US company Hover Energy has built the Hover Wind-Powered Microgrid which will sit on the roof of the main building. The turbine can generate up to 100MWh of electricity a year as well as storing and combining renewable energy with power from the grid, “something no other behind-the-meter product in the world that can do”, according to the Royal Navy.
Heat pumps will also replace boilers as part of the upgrade, with energy efficient controls, improved insulation and LED lighting also helping to reduce the base’s costs.
The upgrades mean that HMS Eaglet is generating almost two thirds of the energy it uses, with the turbine reducing CO2 emissions by 17 tonnes a year.
Warrant officer 1 Mark Barker, who was in charge of the improvements, said “on current data, it takes HMS Eaglet ‘off grid’ by a forecasted baseline of 63%.”
Colonel Mark Underhill, chief executive of NW RFCA said “The Hover Energy wind turbine at HMS Eaglet in Liverpool is incredibly important and extremely exciting; it represents a quantum leap in our green energy revolution.
“With solar panels and battery storage we will take the site completely off grid. These efficiencies will save a huge amount of taxpayers money and provide energy security at this major MOD site which plays an important role in working with civil authorities and emergency services.”
Christopher Griffin, chief executive and co-founder of Hover Energy LLC, added: “Hover is proud to be in unity with the MoD in its efforts to decarbonise each site and establish complete energy security. These joint efforts continue to encourage our relentless focus on sustainable energy design.”