SLR’s Renewable Energy Team were part of the design of the first cogeneration (cogen) system to be installed at a public saltwater pool in Sydney. SLR has prepared the cogen Feasibility Study, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Technical Specification and provided technical support during the construction stage of the project.
Cogen technology is the process of using a heat engine to simultaneously generate electricity and heat - both essential for the operation of the Olympic Pool. The new system will heat the outdoor pool at a pleasant 25o C all year round and maintain the indoor pool at a steamy 29°C.
The cogen unit was launched as fully operational in January 2014 and will produce more than 450,000kWh of electricity per annum, saving $60,000 on the Pool’s power bill. The plant is powered by natural gas, and will reduce CO2 emissions by 367 tonnes per annum and contribute to achieving Council’s sustainability targets.
The Pool facility accounts for 35% of Council’s total electricity use, with an annual consumption of more than 1,450,000kWh.
The project by North Sydney Council was awarded a Commendation in 2014 API Excellence in Property Award under the category of Local Government.