Energy Management

Energy sources and management

Part of our electricity is generated on-site using wind turbines and solar panels. which can be found on our sustainability map.

Combined heat and power (CHP)

A CHP unit was installed when the boilers were last replaced at Kedleston Road. The CHP unit generates electricity and any heat produced as a by-product of the electricity generation is used for space and water heating. The electricity generated cuts down the amount of electricity we need to take from the grid, saving costs and carbon emissions.

Between its installation and commissioning in April 2016 and June 2017, our CHP unit has produced a total of 775,886 kWhs of electricity at Kedleston Road. This is 14.43% of the electricity used and has saved over £100,000 in electricity costs during this period.

We are also installing a CHP plant at the Devonshire at Buxton.

Solar Panels

We have solar panels situated in the following buildings:

  • One Friar Gate Square - 200 panels
  • Markeaton St STEM building - 50 panels (81m2, 14.2 kWp)
  • Leek Pinnacle - 30 panels (42m2, 7.5 kWp)
  • Leek William Morris building - 87 panels (118m2, 21.7 kWp)
  • Kedleston Road South Tower - 144 panels
  • Kedleston Road Sports Centre - 368 panels (600m2, 95.68 kWp)

Wind Turbines

We currently have nine 1kW wind turbines (AVX) along the parapet edge of our South Tower roof and a 6kW vertical axis mast mounted Quiet Revolution wind turbine (QR) by the entrance drive. 

Sedum Roof

In addition to this, we also have a sedum (green) roof with our solar panels on our sports centre. These offer a significant amount of
environmental benefits, such as:

  • Air Quality – Sedum (green) roofs help to actively combat climate change by extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing oxygen.
  • Biodiversity and Wildlife – Green roofs can be seen as stepping stones for wildlife and attract a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Energy Conservation – The green roof will enhance thermal performance and roof insulation, keeping the heat in during the winter months and the heat from the sun out during the summer. This will reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Noise and Sound Insulation – The combination of soil, plants and trapped layers of air within green roofs act as an effective sound insulation with the potential to reduce sound levels by about 8dB. This would significantly reduce noise levels.
  • Solar Photovoltaic – The solar PV’s will have the ability to produce 81,800 kWh of electricity per annum. This is enough electricity to run the lighting of the main hall of the Sports Centre.

Hydration stations

Many of the water coolers and drinking fountains at the University are mains-fed, which reduces the environmental impact of providing bottled water. These stations are available throughout all of our sites in Derby, Buxton, Chesterfield and Leek.