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CENTRICA REPORT: Future-Proofing Your Company’s Energy Needs

By Centrica

Every business relies on energy for critical tasks – but with this dependence comes risk.

As organisations seek to become more sustainable, it’s vital to plan not only for short-term energy needs, but also for long-term energy security.

Increasingly, businesses that are digitalising processes are becoming ever more dependent on power to run them, making it critical to plan effectively to reduce risks and ensure energy resilience.

Our new report, Future-Proofing Your Company’s Energy Needs, highlights rising awareness of resilience as an issue for organisations across the globe, and practical steps you can take to mitigate risk.

Click here to download the report.

Do you provide Energy Management services? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market- and in May we’ll be focussing on Energy Management services.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Energy Management services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

May – Energy Management

June – Security

July – Air Conditioning

August – Waste Management

September – Asset Management

October – FM Software

November – Business Continuity

December – Fire Safety & Equipment

For more information on any of the above, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Do you provide Energy Management Services? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market- and in April we’ll be focussing on Energy Management services.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Energy Management services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

April – Total Facilities Management

May – Energy Management

June – Security

July – Air Conditioning

August – Waste Management

September – Asset Management

October – FM Software

November – Business Continuity

December – Fire Safety & Equipment

For more information on any of the above, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

CASE STUDY: The Restaurant Group – Energy Reduction Strategy

By Alan Little, Business Development Manager, ECA Group

The Restaurant Group Plc (TRG) is a significant player in the UK casual dining market, operating over 500 restaurants and pubs which include Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito, Coast to Coast, Garfunkel’s, Firejacks, Brunning & Price and Joe’s Kitchen.

They also operate a concession business which trades over 60 outlets across more than 30 brands, primarily in UK airports.

One of TRG’s core principals is sustainability and as such a decision was taken in 2013 to implement an energy management programme to reduce wastage across all sites.

ECA manage TRG’s entire portfolio and provide energy procurement, bill validation, compliance and energy management services.

ECA’s Approach

ECA created a strategy to monitor and highlight energy wastage which included regular and detailed consumption analysis, tailored reporting, remote management of exceptions directly with sites, site surveys and behavioural change sessions.

Historic consumption data was analysed against operational hours and other site benchmarks to create profile targets for each meter and site. Monitoring of HH & AMR data on a daily basis using profile usage alarms detected consumption outside targeted thresholds.

These were investigated by speaking directly to site staff to determine the cause and put measures in place to prevent recurrence.

Where a cause could not be established remotely a site survey was arranged to investigate possible causes and rectify issues on site where possible.

Some of the issues that were regularly identified included, broken equipment, misunderstanding of how to use equipment settings for the best effect, and general wastage behaviours such as having equipment on when it is not required.

ECA also attended local and national group events to deliver energy saving tips and advice to TRG staff.

Results

ECA has provided its Virtuous Energy reduction service since 2013 and has achieved year on year savings averaging 5.3% against a target of 2.5%. Last year (2017) we achieved savings of around £500K.

ECA Group – TRG Group Service supplier of the Year

In July this year ECA were awarded service supplier of the year, a fantastic achievement as they were selected from over 100 suppliers.

ECA are still providing this service to TRG and we expect further savings going forwards.

RECOMMENDED: Reduce energy bills with Energiepad

EnergiePad is an award-winning energy management app solution designed to help business and residential properties detect early signs of energy waste and notify users accordingly via mobile and/or email alerts.

The innovation has won several recognitions such as the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future and UnLtd Awards as well as a Finalist in the Business Green Technology 2016 Awards.

Created by the multi award-winning energy and environmental management company GreenPad Enterprise, specialising in providing green products products and services to businesses to help improve their energy and environmental performance 

Business and residential properties use energy to operate on a daily basis. Some of the energy used to light, heat and cool as well as electrically run business and residential operations is wasted unconsciously and the wastages do go on for a very long time undetected. There are negative social, economic and environmental impacts associated with energy waste. For example, money is lost in the process, emissions are released to the atmosphere and people suffer as well.

The EnergiePad is an app solution that configures building energy characteristics into a database and uses stored algorithms to monitor and run a series of energy management analysis on their energy demand and performance and consequently assist users to detect early signs of energy wastage and inefficiency in their consumption of energy. The solution does not only helps in detecting early signs of energy wastage in buildings, it goes on to provide little or cost-free tips that users can quickly utilise to seal them (energy waste) as soon as they are detected.

Furthermore, the app provides a collaborative platform for users to engage with their peers on their energy future and to access energy management training for improving their know-how of energy management issues.

For more info on EnergiePad, please email info@energiepad.com or visit www.energiepad.com.

RECOMMENDED: Recoup waste water heat recovery systems

Recoup specialise in Waste Water Heat Recovery Systems for Showers (WWHRS), a passive heat recovery technology that simply and effectively recovers the wasted heat energy.

That energy normally flows down the drain when showering and recycles this back into the hot water system, by ‘pre-heating the cold mains feed to the shower (and/or boiler/cylinder).

In the UK it is primarily used by new-build developers, as it is simple, cheap and very cost effective. We are used in Standard specification by a number of As a SAP listed technology, it is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measure available. It also requires no planned maintenance, filter changes, or end-user interaction of any kind. Just passive energy saving, that can save around 55% of the cost each time a shower is used.

The Easyfit+ is designed to install directly below a bath (with shower over) – this new product due to it’s design, cost and efficiency has tremendous opportunity for retrofit. We are currently working with a major UK hotel group, trailing the Easyfit+ as a retrofit solution, as well as the UK leading gym provider.

Furthermore, we are also working with housing association providers (and their partners), to incorporate the Easyfit+ as part of their energy efficiency upgrade programmes.

www.recoupwwhrs.co.uk

CASE STUDY: Premier Inn rooftop solar energy scheme

Premier Inn recently partnered with Anesco to deliver 88 rooftop solar schemes – here’s how they did it…

Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel brand, with more than 750 hotels based across the UK & Ireland and is owned and operated by hospitality group Whitbread.

As part of Whitbread’s commitment to reducing their impact on the environment, it has set ambitious carbon reduction targets for each of its brands. For Premier Inn, improving the carbon footprint of its hotels by increasing energy efficiency and reducing the amount of electricity being taken from the grid, is a key focus.

This has led to a long term partnership being formed with Anesco…

A strong business case for improvements

Premier Inn started investigating ways to meet its carbon reduction targets. There needed to be a strong business case for any measures and improvements which might be made.

The overall aim for the hotel chain was to reduce its electricity costs and carbon emissions by making energy efficiency improvements. As well as using less energy, the team were keen to start generating their own renewable power.

The team approached Anesco for help in rolling out a portfolio of rooftop solar installations, which were to be installed at Premier Inn sites across the UK.

Solar – a visible sign of the company’s commitment to the environment

Solar was the perfect fit, as its use and installation would cause the minimal disruption to guests and the operational side of the business. It was felt that having solar panels on the roof would also be a visible sign of the company’s commitment to the environment.

Achieving the maximum benefit for the minimum cost

Anesco began by conducting a desktop study of the whole portfolio of Premier Inn sites, to assess which would be feasible and also the most beneficial sites, for solar to be fitted. It was important for Premier Inn that any installations achieved the maximum benefit for the minimum cost.

From the information provided by Anesco, the Premier Inn team was able to build an investment case for the project, which was subsequently given the go-ahead.

At this stage, Anesco then visited each shortlisted site to conduct a detailed onsite survey and ensure all roof spaces were sound, while checking for any other issues, such as accessibility.

Both teams took a collaborative approach to the project, jointly pulling together a schedule and agreeing on the optimal site list – those which would generate the greatest returns for the least outlay.

Overcoming all operational challenges

A bespoke solar scheme needed to be designed for each site. Anesco ensured that each scheme would achieve the optimal benefit for Premier Inn, with elements such as size and orientation both taken into account.

Anesco then worked closely with Premier Inn’s in house energy project manager on the delivery of the schemes.

The first batch of solar schemes were installed in stages throughout 2013/14. Then in 2015, the project culminated in a 44-site installation programme, which was completed in 12 weeks. In total, solar was installed on 88 Premier Inn sites.

The installations themselves presented many operational challenges. With the hotel’s ‘good night guarantee’, it was important that guests were not disturbed. This influenced logistical decisions, such as the time that works could commence in the morning.

Project savings and benefits

The result has been that Premier Inn is taking a lot less electricity from the grid and is also receiving a monthly income via the government’s Feed in Tariffs. It is a financially sound project, which continues to justify itself through its carbon reduction benefits and impact on the chain’s carbon footprint.

Ensuring the optimal performance of the solar assets

Anesco’s O&M service, AnescoMeter is in place to monitor and maintain Premier Inn’s full portfolio of solar sites. This includes sites which haven’t been installed by Anesco, such as those on new build hotels.

Premier Inn has access to the AnescoMeter portal, which allows them to see how well individual sites and the whole portfolio are performing, at any time. A detailed report is then provided to the team at agreed times, for use in their internal reporting requirements.

Do you offer Energy Management services? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re be shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market – and in June we’ll be focussing on Energy Management.

It’s all part of our new ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Energy Management services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Lisa Carter on lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

June – Energy Management

July – Security

August – Air Conditioning

September – Waste Management

October – Asset Management

November – FM Software

December – Business Continuity

For more information on any of the above, contact Lisa Carter on lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com.

Electric Motors

GUEST BLOG: Your choices to improve electric motor efficiencies

The pressure on businesses to operate more efficiently both in terms of internal processes and environmental commitments is growing. For those working in energy management, a very real concern is the efficiency of their electric motors.

Even with preventative methods in place, electric motor failure is common — and when it happens, it has a huge impact. As machines grind to a halt, productivity ceases and losses and repair costs mount. Given the severity of the situation, it’s very easy to make a panicked decision over whether to rewind and repair or replace your motor.

So what should these motor owners do? With new high-efficiency motors available, do they take the plunge and invest in a whole new motor that promises higher efficiency levels but with significantly greater costs? Or, do they commit to a motor repair or rewind? While the cost is often lower, many are concerned about the potential inefficiencies that an electric motor rewind can bring — yet are these worries grounded in fiction?

This widespread misconception is centred around a small study of smaller motors . It is claimed that carrying out a rewind can drop efficiency by between 1% and 5% each time it is rewound. Considering the associated expense and sheer volume of energy these motors use, this is naturally concerning. However, more recent research has countered these findings.

A different study was carried out by EASA and AEMT in association with Nottingham University and involved 22 new motors from 50 to 300 hp. Overall, the results found that when electric motors were rewound using good practice, there was no significant change in the efficiency of the motors. However, in some instances, efficiency actually increased. This clearly dispels the belief that a rewind is actually detrimental to a motor’s performance.

How to decide whether to rewind, repair or replace

Before you shell out on an expensive electric motor, consider first that it might not be necessary. Of course, in cases of catastrophic failure, this may be your only option. However, it’s very important to fully evaluate your options to make sure that you make the right choice in terms of operation, cost and efficiency. This can be done by considering the following areas, as explained by Houghton International.

The suitability of your electric motor

You’ll know better than anyone how your operational needs have shifted over time, rendering your existing motor unsuitable. Review the scale of the damage alongside the requirements for the motor’s processes and duty cycles. If the motor is no longer suitable or too damaged, your option is to replace the motor.

The stator core and rotor condition

It’s important to check the condition of the stator core and rotor. If significant damage is present, it may be more beneficial to purchase a new motor, as depending on the extent of the damage, repairs can be costly.

When it comes to buying a new motor, thoroughly consider your options. For example, if the lead times for the motor you need are long, you may to decide to repair rather than replace to minimise downtime.

Damage to other mechanical parts

Other parts can become damaged during motor failure, including the shaft, frame, bearing housing and other mechanical parts. Examine the extent of the damage; you may be able to replace the affected parts at a lower cost than replacing the entire motor.

EPAct or Nema Premium motor?

If you have been debating whether to replace your motor for a little while, failure could be the reason you have been looking for. If you are considering making the investment, make sure you fully understand the return you’ll receive from doing so. Consider the energy savings you’ll make alongside the expected life of the motor and its hours of operation. Always consider your overall budget too, to make sure the replacement aligns with your current financial position.

With this in mind, remember than an electric motor rewind will not significantly impact the efficiency of your motor if it is carried out by a qualified service centre. If you are happy with the efficiency your motor delivers, this could be the option for you.

Making the right choices with your needs, budget and timescales in mind can put an end to unnecessary downtime and costs in your business.

Lloyds Energy to create 700 jobs in liquid gas trade

Lloyds Energy Group LLC has submitted a formal application to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to countries with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, creating a large number of jobs in the process.

Production involves extreme compression of natural gas, often methane, in order to improve the transportation process. The volume in a liquid state is 600 times less than in a gaseous form.

Exporting from their facility in Calhoun County, Texas, the project will be known as Point Comfort LNG and aims to significantly benefit the south central Texas coastal region, in part in the creation of around 700 direct, long-term jobs.

Lloyds Energy expects the project to also indirectly lead to thousands more jobs, as well as economic benefits and a predicted hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

“Lloyds Energy is strongly positioned to meet client demand, and submitting our Point Comfort LNG FTA application is an important first step towards making the final investment decision,” said Philip Holland, Lloyds Energy CEO. “The U.S. has an abundant supply of natural gas and the international market has a growing demand for cleaner, more-efficient fuel.”

 The company hopes to expand further into new territories, and with a potential new deal between the US and UK on the cards, many more could start setting their sights on Britain within the coming year.

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