New eco-friendly heating system to be used in teaching and research

08 January 2014

The CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant

The CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant

Glasgow Caledonian University’s new environmentally friendly heating system is to play a key role in teaching and research.

The CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant and energy centre on campus will provide a flexible and sustainable future energy supply.

The £4.9million investment replaces obsolete heating systems and boilers and will support the delivery of the University’s carbon management plan.

The facility, located behind the Students’ Association building, has been designed with an observation gallery, teaching area and across-campus instrumentation to help support knowledge and technology transfer.

It’s this hands-on feature that has earned programmes in the School of Engineering and Built Environment accreditation by the Energy Institute, the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, which supports over 16,000 individuals working in, or studying energy, and 250 companies worldwide.

A panel of EI experts recently visited the campus for the accreditation procedure which involved a thorough evaluation of course content, assessment procedures, teaching staff and facilities. The EI is licensed by the Engineering Council to accredit courses for Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.

Dr Stuart MacGregor CEng MEI, who led the visit on behalf of the Energy Institute’s accreditation panel, said: “It was impressive to see how the University had integrated the use of its CHP plant as a teaching resource.” 

“We were delighted to accredit a number of the University’s programmes for Chartered Engineer status and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Professor Douglas Greenhalgh, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor IT, the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “This will add value to our students and enable them to progress on the Engineering Pathway toward the accreditation of becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).”

“The positive feedback from the panel was also very encouraging. This clearly shows the high quality of our course content, confirms our robust assessment procedures and shows the exceptional level of commitment and enthusiasm of our academic and support staff. The panel were also impressed by our new CHP system which has been deliberately designed to allow its use in both teaching and research.”