Innovative air cooling technology helps office furniture giant, Herman Miller to set the climate at its manufacturing facility in Wiltshire
Based in Melksham’s Bowerhill, leading global manufacturer of office furniture, Herman Miller is a superb example of how innovation within energy efficient air cooling technology can not only improve the working environment, but save costs from a company’s bottom line.
Heating, ventilation and cooling play a crucial role in the working environment for most buildings and especially within a manufacturing facility. Corsham-based energy reduction specialist SMARTech energy, were brought on board to design an energy efficient cooling system at the 170,000 square foot site, known as PortalMill, with the aim to not only improve the working environment for its staff, but to deliver energy savings to the company.
Installing Energy Efficient Cooling Solutions in Melksham
With considerable experience of designing and installing energy efficient cooling solutions, SMARTech energy specified nine Evaporative Cooling Systems for the manufacturing space – enabling control of the air temperature and humidity levels in the assembly and manufacturing machine areas; acting as a recirculation system for winter and a ventilator or evaporative cooling system for the summer.
SMARTech energy’s team took five weeks to finalise the project – which included laying more than seven miles of cable throughout the facility. MD of SMARTech energy, Stuart Pearce said “Evaporative cooling is a completely natural way of producing refreshing cool air and only runs at 10% of the running cost of air conditioning. The costs to cool and maintain a system over this area is expected to run at £3.15 per hour for supply and extraction”.
Energy Efficient Technologies
MD, Stuart Pearce continues “Government legislations and the pressure of corporate social responsibility on industrial sites, means energy efficient technologies such as evaporative cooling and LED lighting, to name a couple of examples, has never been so important in terms of both carbon reduction and the energy savings made”.
Martin Waller Head of Engineering & Quality – EMEA at Herman Miller commented “The major benefit of this new ventilation is the improvement in the working environment for the operations team due to the zonal control of ventilation and cooling. In addition, there will be a reduction in electricity consumption.
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University set to reduce energy consumption by 28.46%
Wiltshire-based energy and reduction specialist SMARTech energy have partnered with a university in Oxfordshire to design, develop and deliver energy efficiency solutions through its Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) programme.
Save Energy. Save Money. Save Carbon.
The university is predicted to reduce its annual energy consumption by 28.46% and carbon savings of more than 13 tonnes.
As an education establishment, they didn’t have the capital to invest – or experience and resource to implement an energy reduction plan and wanted to upgrade their site with innovative building technologies.
Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS)
A zero CapEx finance solution through the EEaaS model has enabled the university to achieve its ambitious sustainability targets to save energy, save money and save carbon.
SMARTech energy provided 100% of the investment to develop a strategy to design, integrate, install and deliver a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient technology upgrades – which has been designed to achieve the most efficient energy savings.
Managed and Trusted Energy Management Partner – with Guaranteed Energy Savings
SMARTech energy delivers and manages energy efficiency and savings for medium and large organisations across the UK through its (EEaaS) Energy Efficiency as a Service programme.
We partner with customers on long-term (10 year) contracts in order to create a bespoke energy reduction strategy. Being in a managed partnership with our customers guarantees the success in reducing energy consumption and consistently ensures that we save energy, save money and save carbon.
Energy Reduction Technology
Energy consumption across the university site was measured through the use of energy monitoring equipment. This was installed to identify energy usage on the main incoming supply and on key assets to record at least 50% of the energy usage to minute-by-minute data.
The technologies installed are then combined in order to achieve greater savings. The strategy for the university site included:
Replacing old systems with more energy efficient ones and implementing SMART lighting sensors and controls across the site.
The voltage optimisation (VO) strategy involves the installation of a VO unit on the site’s main incoming supply. The role of the unit is to optimise the voltage supplied to the site. This minimises voltage spikes, helping to prolong the lifespan of the electrical equipment. In addition, reduced voltage leads to an overall reduction in energy consumption.
The installation of Chilled Unit Energy Savers (CUES) upgrades the existing thermostat located inside of the existing evaporating units. It replicates the thermostatic properties of the foods stored inside the chillers. CUES allows the refrigeration system to optimally adjust its refrigeration cycle to cool the stored food, not the ambient air inside the cold storage areas.
- SMART Switch / Baseload reduction
By combining SMART Switch and Baseload Reduction we are able to manage and minimise the out of hours through process changes and SMART Switching. Called ‘SMART Switching’, the controlled assets include air conditioning compressors, trace tapes and external lighting.
The motor optimisation strategy includes the optimisation of Variable Speed Drives (VSD) on the motors in the kitchen air handling unit (AHU). A variable speed drive (VSD) controls the speed and torque of a motor by converting fixed frequency and voltage input to a variable frequency and voltage output. System performance can be greatly improved by controlling speed to precisely match the load – while also extending their usual life.
Carbon and Financial Energy Savings
The carbon and financial savings made will help to support the university to be more environmentally friendly and financially sustainable and this, together with improvements to the building will have a positive effect on both the students and staff.
For more information on this case study and to find out how Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) can help your organisation to save energy, save money and save carbon, contact our team on 01225 635 660 or email us through our Contact page.
Is your business being affected by the rising cost of energy?
SMARTech energy have had a lot of enquiries over the past few weeks from companies requesting urgent help to reduce their business energy consumption – and especially following the news this week that the Government’s business energy support is set to be reduced from April.
Long-term uncertainty of energy prices
In some cases, business energy bills are tripling and the long-term uncertainty of energy prices means that the need to act to reduce energy consumption and therefore energy costs is as acute as ever.
Reduce energy consumption
Our energy consultancy team have been working with high energy use organisations across the UK to develop energy management strategies which are proven to cut energy consumption and which make a huge difference to a site’s operating costs.
And it’s not about making one or two changes, it’s about looking at a site with an holistic approach to get the most energy savings possible.
Energy efficient technologies
Reducing a site’s total energy consumption is what really lowers a business’s exposure to a volatile energy market and it’s the development of energy management strategies and the installation of energy efficient technologies which is what is really helping businesses and organisations to save energy, save money and save carbon.
Call our team on 01225 635 660 to discuss how our energy consultancy team can help your organisation to save energy, save money and save carbon.
The SMARTech energy Christmas round-up!
As we hurtle towards 2023, we’re rather chuffed to celebrate our results, team successes and company achievements.
Top of the list is the delivery of energy efficiency solutions to organisations in the UK.
We’ve made huge strides this year by partnering with organisations through our (EEaaS) Energy Efficiency as a Service programme to help them save energy, save money and save carbon.
Staggering energy reduction results!
Our work with UTC Reading to create a bespoke energy reduction strategy has helped reduce their energy consumption by a staggering 30%!. This equates to more than £150k in energy costs and more than 200 Tonnes in carbon emissions.
The appointment of James Phipps to the role of Chairman is set to accelerate the company’s growth. This, together with the addition of skilled professionals into the roles of energy consultancy, accountancy and digital technology and surveying is set to further strengthen the company’s offering within the growing green economy.
We’re really pleased to announce our success at winning the Leeds Sustainability Institute’s Rise Award 2022 under the Enterprise category for ‘Energy Efficiency as a Service: A shared savings solution to energy use reduction’.
The recognition of our Energy Efficiency as a Service model by a leading academic institution underlines our commitment to best practice in sustainability, carbon and energy reduction solutions for UK Industry!
And finally. Merry Christmas and best wishes from all of the team at SMARTech energy.
We would like to thank all of our customers and suppliers for their continued support during the year and look forward to working with you again in 2023!