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De IJzeren Man swimming pool ensures a sustainable future with CHP

Centrica Business Solutions installs 150 kW CHP unit at De IJzeren Man swimming pool.

De IJzeren Man

De IJzeren Man in Weert has a reputation to uphold. Not only is it the most attractive swimming pool in Limburg, it is also the most sustainable. When its old CHP unit started to fail, Centrica Business Solutions (then ENER-G Nedalo) immediately offered a replacement generator. The lowest quote for a new CHP unit came from the Mijdrecht-based company. Leo Steegs, Director, De IJzeren Man is pleased that 
collaboration between the two companies will continue.  In 2005, a strategic choice had to be made about the future of the six outdoor pools. Should they be removed or retained?  “We decided to invest extra money in the outdoor pools,” says Steegs. “Together with the operating foundation, the municipality opted for the most expensive and optimal form: everything made from stainless steel, and situated in a green, woody environment designed by a landscape architect.  Everyone who comes here says they have never seen such a beautiful combination of sleek design and natural elements.”

Bridging time

Since 1990, the swimming pool has been running on a CHP unit from Centrica Business Solutions. When the generator broke down in 2010, Centrica Business Solutions ensured that Steegs could continue using the unit, but De IJzeren Man knew it was time to find a new solution, so it began assessing options from different suppliers.

Hard deadline

A deadline was set for completion. For six weeks, the swimming pool was closed due to the complete renovation of the wave pool, the construction of a new slide and then the immediate installation of the new CHP unit. “We opted for a 150 kW unit. In addition, we also buy green gas, referred to as CO2-compensated gas, from Essent. It costs two cents more per cubic metre, but makes us even more sustainable. CHP has a double advantage: lower costs and a substantial CO2 reduction.”

Prepared for the future

The new CHP unit is slightly lighter than its predecessor. It is also aligned with the swimming pool’s sustainability policy.  “Our business operations are becoming increasingly energy efficient.  For example, in the coming year we will replace all the fluorescent lighting, air conditioning systems, air handling units and other equipment with models that consume at least 60% less energy. This changeover posed an additional challenge, because the new CHP unit had to be prepared for equipment and building management systems that we will not be implementing until a later date,” says Steegs.

Why Centrica Business Solutions?

Centrica Business Solutions is the oldest supplier of CHP units in the Netherlands. The company has the largest fleet of CHP units in Europe and is the authorised service dealer of MTU, Mercedes and Travis Perkins. With the ENERG 150 for De IJzeren Man swimming pool, Centrica Business Solutions is proving to be a true CHP specialist. Customers that make intelligent choices in terms of energy will see their returns 
and savings grow.