Leading by example in reducing its carbon footprint, the Shenton Group has installed the innovative and cost effective CHP system, powertherm? , at its headquarters in Andover in Hampshire. The company’s large workshop is being heated utilising the system by hot water being pumped around the building to unit heaters in the 16,000 square foot area. It has been calculated that powertherm will provide the Shenton Group with energy savings of around 80%.
The Shenton Group has applied to the Carbon Trust for a loan to cover the cost of the installation. The Carbon Trust’s Energy-Efficiency Loans are unsecured and interest free, with no arrangement fees and a straightforward application process. Loans can be repaid over a period of up to four years, and energy savings made from installing powertherm more than cover repayments.
Unique to the European market, powertherm’s engine technology gives 85.5% package efficiency with thermal recovery, enabling the units to provide an outstanding energy output compared to fuel consumption as well as shrink a company’s carbon footprint. Utilising a low emission natural gas engine, powertherm offers a pre-engineered package design, which reduces up-front engineering, site design and installation costs. The package design encompasses all CHP components within an acoustic enclosure thereby providing very low noise output (68 dB(A) @ 7 M) in plant room environments together with neatness of design and ease of access.
Powertherm eliminates the possibility of brown or black outs as well as improving the quality of power delivered to businesses. The system’s synchronising controllers also enables powertherm to run in sync with a standby generator.
With the flexibility to support both inside and outside applications, powertherm’s CHP technology recovers waste heat to provide heating, hot water or even air conditioning. This reduces overall energy consumption and thereby enables commercial and industrial customers to offset gas and electricity consumption. The system’s very low exhaust emissions ensure that powertherm meets total compliance with existing and any known future UK regulations.
Interest in powertherm has been growing substantially due to the pending introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), which requires organisations using more than 6,000 MWh of electricity per year to report their total energy use emissions with effect from October 2009. Targeted at large non-energy intensive private and public sector organisations, CRC is a UK mandatory cap and trade scheme proposed to cut carbon emissions by 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020. Approximately 5,000 organisations will be obliged to take part and it will cost a business a minimum of £75,000 to purchase their allowances in April 2011. Powertherm CHP has a role to play in reducing the impact of these additional costs.
Also suitable for smaller energy users, particularly those requiring a lot of energy or that operate around the clock such as leisure centres, hotels, hospitals and many others, powertherm from Scorpion Power Systems can considerably enhance the energy profile of a site whilst improving energy costs and reducing its carbon footprint.
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