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Video: Media City's Tri-Generation system

The newly constructed Media City in Salford, Manchester features a Tri-generation system incorporating an absorption chiller that utilises water from the local canal

Located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester’s historic ship canal, MediaCityUK is the new home for the BBC, ITV, Coronation Street, SIS and the University of Salford.

Developed by the Peel Group, it’s the first development in the world to receive BREEAM Communities ‘Excellent’ accreditation.

 And a big contributor to this status is the incorporation of a Tri-generation system, which comprises a range of facilities covering heating/hot water and electricity from a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant and chilled water from an absorption chiller and a canal chilled water system.

Heating/Hot Water and Chilled Water

The Trigen/CHP plant and District Heating Network provides heating/hot water to specific premises within the Media City UK site. While a Trigen/CHP plant and Chilled Water Network provides chilled water to specific premises by efficiently using the waste heat produced by the Trigen/CHP plant via an Absorption Chiller during the summer months when this heat is not required for use through the District Heating Network.

The Manchester Ship Canal also provides a sustainable chilled water source during the winter months when the canal temperature falls below 6 deg C, which also flows into the Chilled Water Network.

There are a range of premises supplied from outputs of the Trigen/CHP and associated Networks, which are as follows:

·               Residential Apartments for hot water;

·               Studio Complex (Studio Block/Hotel/Spec Offices) and B4 building for heating

·               Studio Complex (Studio Block/Hotel/Spec Offices) for cooling.