Ards Borough is located 10 miles from Belfast City and has Strangford Lough at its heart. Ards Borough Council has two leisure centres, Ards Leisure Centre in Newtownards and the Comber Leisure Centre. Both of the centres have a wide range of facilities. Ards Leisure Centre is the centre for swimming, and it includes a sports hall, exercise suite and outdoor pitch. It is open to the public for more than 80 hours per week.
A Nedalo 210kWe (210kW electrical output) gas fired reciprocating engine CHP unit was installed to provide the base load heat requirement for the leisure centre. Most of the electric power generated by the CHP unit is used on site, with surplus electricity wheeled to other Council sites when necessary.
The CHP unit consists of a natural gas engine, alternator, heat recovery system, stainless steel exhaust silencers and acoustic housing. The installation of the unit required the removal of a disused oil tank and additional building works, including a new natural gas supply system, new exhaust flue, ventilation ductwork, electrical connections including G59 protection and emergency standby facility.
The CHP heat recovery system was connected to the low pressure hot water (LPHW) system providing heat for the whole leisure centre with a heat rejection radiator for any excess heat.