Low carbon CAMPUS
Our Cannington Court CAMPUS, which opened for business on the 1st June 2015, will develop EDF Energy’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency by training our people [and new engineers] for our low-carbon future.
Supported by the latest energy saving, low-carbon technologies, the leading-edge residential training centre, with 50 en-suite bedrooms to allow for live-in tuition, will help us to build low-carbon skills. This understanding and knowledge will be vital in our ongoing battle against climate change.
It will also regularly open its doors to academics and the local community to ensure high-quality opportunities for learning are not limited to EDF Energy staff.
Energy efficient features
Cannington Court features the first large-scale example of a ground-source heat pump combined with solar thermal technology, which makes it possible to reduce the length of the boreholes required for the heat pumps (and therefore reduces cost).
Specifically adapted for constrained spaces, this system combining solar and geothermal heat is coupled with PV panels to generate zero-carbon electricity, which also feeds into electric vehicle charging points on the CAMPUS site.
Patented in 2009, this system offers hugely efficient performance – 1kWh of electricity producing 4 to 5 KWh of heat – while emitting half the CO2 compared to a traditional gas energy centre. This will ensure 100% of the site’s heating needs will be met by renewable energy sources.
Heart of the community
Cannington Court itself has a rich history. The sensitive restoration EDF Energy carried out on the Grade 1 listed building factored in the views of more than 100 local residents.
As a result, the project is firmly embedded within the local Bridgwater community and closely linked with the larger Hinkley Point C nuclear project.
Further to this, Cannington Court will include a visitor centre so EDF Energy can share information about the history, restoration and the innovative new technologies used in the centre to other businesses and the local community.