Finning Power Systems has supplied Cofely District Energy with seven Caterpillar® generator sets for its schemes in Leicester and Birmingham.

The Cat gensets will support low carbon combined heat and power (CHP) and tri-generation technology across the two sites, covering thousands of homes as well as other council-owned buildings.


Cofely District Energy, a GDF SUEZ company, completed the construction of the Leicester District Energy scheme in late 2012. A £15m partnership between Cofely District Energy, Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester, the scheme spans six estates and is one of the largest projects of its kind to be installed in the UK.  

Finning supplied two 1600kWe, G3516E generator sets, along with design support and commissioning for the new, gas-fired CHP installation at the University of Leicester. A G3516E unit was also supplied for the upgrade of the existing district heating scheme on the city’s St Marks estate.  

The scheme will help to provide heat and power to more than 3,000 council homes, many city council buildings and the entire University of Leicester campus, with other buildings already planning to connect.  The scheme is expected to reduce Leicester’s carbon emissions by around 8,400 tonnes per annum.


Four Cat gensets from Finning, including a G3516C with control panel and exhaust gas heat exchanger, along with a 2000kWe G3520E, 1600kWe G3516E and 725kWe G3512LE were supplied to the district energy scheme in Birmingham.  

Owned and operated by Cofely District Energy in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the scheme features tri-generation - producing heat, electricity and chilled water.  

The scheme makes extensive use of large-scale CHP technologies, along with conventional boilers, and is playing a pivotal role in the city council’s climate change strategy, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.  

Finning provided design support and commissioning for all four units.  

Commenting on the company's relationship with Finning Power Systems, Simon Woodward, CEO at Cofely District Energy said: “We purchased the first Caterpillar generator from Finning for the Birmingham District Energy scheme back in 2007. It’s testament to the quality, reliability and performance of the Caterpillar products that we have continued to use them to support our schemes in both Leicester and Birmingham over recent years.”

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