RMGroup – Green Energy with the single arborElectrogen® 45
One of the biggest and growing costs of operating a manufacturing business is energy. Keeping the buildings heated to a good temperature all year round for the steel working and storage temperature is paramount. Operating the large machinery including laser cutters uses a huge amount of energy each year, so reducing these energy costs is an easy way to make significant savings and as an environmentally conscious Company we have an ongoing strategy to build a sustainable future.
In order to reduce the consumption of expensive fossil fuel energy RMGroup Founder and Director Edward Rees considered the potential of biogas CHP. Working with our local partners ESP Energy, Edward undertook a process of due diligence. Visiting other local operational installations and understanding exactly how the system could be integrated into the site at Newtown.
The result was that a single arborElectrogen® 45 would be both a perfect fit to meet the site energy demands but importantly because of its compact nature, with a few modifications a suitable location was identified in an existing out building where the old oil tank was housed. Additionally, with an adjacent redundant water tank utilised for a woodchip fuel store the system was cleverly integrated without the need for any additional buildings.
To distribute the heat around the factory 4 x 25kW space heaters were installed so that it takes the chill off but does not affect staff productivity by overheating them. The electricity generated from the system is connected directly to the sites existing distribution board. Offsetting the vast majority of electricity that would have otherwise been imported from the grid. At times when the generation exceeds the onsite demands then the electricity is exported back to the grid.
Edward states “Hand on heart go for it. Great bit of kit, love the software, and remote monitoring capability, makes a huge difference having those features.”
Written on Wednesday 18th January 2017 by RmGroup