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:

  • Kedleston Road - West Wing Building 
  • Kedleston Road - Sports Centre 
  • Markeaton Street STEM building - 50 panels (81m2, 14.2 kWp)
  • One Friar Gate Square - 200 panels
  • Leek Engineering Building - 30 panels (42m2, 7.5 kWp)
  • Leek William Morris Building - 87 panels (118m2, 21.7 kWp)

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 at 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:

  • 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.