The new National Museums Liverpool (NML) in the UK will be powered using advanced renewable and energy-efficient technologies from sustainable power group ENER-G based in Greater Manchester.

The £72m museum will install an advanced combined heat and power (CHP) system that offers annual energy savings of more than £500,000 and reduces carbon emissions by 884t each year.

The installation is expected to be complete in 2010 ahead of the museum’s opening in 2011. ENER-G will operate the plant for 17 years.

The CHP system will be located at the Mann Island site – part of the Pier Head at the core of the world heritage site on Liverpool’s waterfront.

The system is divided between a plant room in the new building and the Great Western Railway goods shed in Liverpool.

The goods shed will be converted into an energy centre with remote monitoring and diagnostic facilities.

The CHP system will meet the heating, cooling and power requirements of the site, while the utility gird supply will provide additional back up.

The CHP site will serve as an educational resource, a small visitor facility to be built by NML and ENER-G.

The project is being funded by the Co-operative Bank and has been awarded the Combined Heat and Power Association’s Innovation Award for 2009.

The three-storey museum features 8,000m² of public spaces and will replace the former Museum of Liverpool Life.