Energy Management

Renewable energy at the University

Part of our electricity is generated on-site using solar panels and a wind turbine, locations can be found on our sustainability map.

Solar panels

We have solar panels situated in the following buildings:

We are continually reviewing the feasibility of installing additional solar arrays, in particular B and T Block at Kedleston Road site. 

Wind turbines

We currently have a 6kW vertical axis mast mounted Quiet Revolution wind turbine (QR) by the entrance drive at Kedleston Road. 

Other energy sources 

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 Dome in Buxton.

Passive Sustainability 

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: