AECC Energy Centre and District Infrastructure
The new £333million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has the largest fuel cell installation in the UK and on a par with the largest in Europe.
The AECC complex is a multi-hundred million pound project that aims to attract millions of visitors a year on top of maintaining a low-carbon footprint through the use of renewable and sustainable energy technology. The new AECC is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63m net GVA to the Scottish economy. It will also result in the creation of 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.
The core of AECC will function on the nation’s largest hydrogen fuel cell installation. The hydrogen fuel cells run on low-emission hydrogen fuels and have a total electrical output of 1.4MW, on par with some of the largest hydrogen fuel cell installations in Europe offering an independent source of reliable, affordable, low-emission heat and power for the 150-acre site. Hydrogen power-sources are beginning to take the forefront in renewable technologies, something that FES is proud to be a part of.
Adding to this renewable source of energy is an anaerobic power-plant that will use food waste, agricultural crops and other waste to produce biofuel that will be used to feed electricity into the AECC.
The energy centre includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 3no 460kW Purecell® Hydrogen fuel cell units, natural gas boilers, 1200kWe CHP, absorption chillers, chilled water chillers, control system and associated equipment.
The HV infrastructure works include a high voltage point of connection, high voltage ring main and associated substations, transformers and switchgear. This included the design of a 33kV substation to SSE adoptable standards.