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Pharmaceutical giant achieves multiple savings thanks to advanced technology from ENER-G.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will achieve multiple savings on energy and reduce carbon emissions thanks to an efficient cogeneration scheme provided by sustainable energy company ENER-G Combined power.

The energy efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant situated in Parma, Italy became operational in March 2010, and is the final part in a yearlong plan that has seen a €3.3 million investment, the most significant energy investment in its 30 year history, at the Parma site. This project is a major part in the Climate change and energy reduction programme launched by GSK in 2007.

Each year, the Italian site will achieve a 25% reduction on their energy bills and save 1900 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to the environmental benefit of 190,000 trees, reducing the site's CO2 output by 15%.

The multinational research-based pharmaceutical company's mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. GSK employ around 99,000 people in over 100 countries, with around 12,800 people working in research teams to discover new medicines. Many of their consumer brands such as alli, Ribena, Horlicks, Lucozade, Aquafresh, Sensodyne, Panadol and Tums are household names.

The project involved the installation of two ENER-G 1MWe cogeneration units and a 2 tonne per hour waste heat boiler, coupled with jacket heat water recovery of 1200kWt, which will provide electricity, hot water and steam supply to the production facility. The system is powered by natural gas, which fuels the power generation. The exhaust fumes from the engine, at almost 600 degrees centigrade, pass through a boiler transferring the heat to the water and producing steam.

The site can produce 16,000,000 kWh of electricity, 16,000 tonnes of steam and 10,000,000 kWh of hot water each year in addition to the CO2 savings of 1900 tonnes each year.

"With this project at the Parma plant we strengthen our commitment to our strategy to reduce the consumption of primary resources and to further our research into productive and sustainable energy solutions."Massimo De Puetri, Site Director.

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