Freie Universität Berlin commissioned two combined heat and power plants in February 2013. These are located at the veterinary medicine and earth science sites in Düppel and Langwitz, both of which are also equipped with two natural gas-based local heating systems.
Combined heat and power plants (BHKW) simultaneously produce electricity and heat and are amongst the most efficient power generation facilities. The power plants have a total electricity generation capacity of 520 kilowatts and a thermal output of 800 kilowatts. The heat-driven combined heat power plants will produce – if they operate as intended – around 3.3 million kWh of electricity, more than 95 % of which will be used at the respective locations. Thanks to this technology, the Freie Universität’s technical department predicts primary energy savings of around 23 percent. In addition, this should reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the Freie Universität by around 1,300 tons annually.
The operation of the combined heat and power plants is directed by the Freie Universität’s technical department.