We adopt a data-led approach to our work. We are not a technology vendor. We use the data and our understanding of your energy needs to identify the best solutions to reduce cost and be more sustainable.
We always provide you with transparency of our solutions on both a capex and zero capex basis, so you can make the choice that is right for you, at the time of making, on a solution by solution basis.
Because of our zero capex partnership model, we invest to ensure we select the solutions with the greatest availability, uptime and energy savings performance. We will select potential technology and EPC vendors, and then run through a transparent procurement process.
Assess your current energy usage
More efficient equipment & controls
Install new power sources and other efficiencies
Introduce smart energy management
Introduce electrical and thermal storage
Improve site-wide resilience
Data-Led Approach & Process
We typically start our work analysing past energy trend data, utility half-hourly meter data and sub-metering data when available. We then will also visit the site, to understand site consumption needs and the approach to meet those needs, plus the physical layout so that we can take that into account for budgeting and logistics purpose. If you have past energy audits or ESOS reports, and SECR workings available we will also review those. If data isn’t available we have an “over-the top” solution using wireless devices that we can deploy to obtain data.
We will then present our findings and proposed next steps clearly and transparently, with options for both capex and zero capex based on our assumptions and estimates to that point.
The next step is to develop the project further which involves detailed engineering, mechanical and electrical design, building and site investigations (ground, contamination, structural etc) and contractor and supplier engagement, as well as engagement with statutory authorities for planning and grid connections. At this stage we will update our proposals to you, and seek your permission to continue.
Once all permissions are in place, and with your consent, we will project manage the delivery and implementation of the measures including all compliance with Health & Safety requirements (both site and statutory).
If our agreement is to provide a zero capex energy partnership, we don’t charge for our services, and we also fund all outlays. If you wish to fund the project on a capex basis, we charge market rate fees and you pay for the outlays.
The kWh your business consumes is multiplied by the rate you pay for power, so it stands to reason that reducing kWh will have the biggest impact on your bills and also CO2 footprint, and yet efficiency is often overlooked, and current methods of providing power or heat to processes are inefficient and unchallenged.
Businesses also often reject waste heat from their processes, which can be energy just lost to the atmosphere.
A key part of our process is to identify efficiencies without compromising your operations. These can come from:
- better environment management (controlled LED lighting, HVAC, air distribution, air flow)
- upgrades to poor infrastructure (compressed air leaks, steam leaks, steam traps, motor upgrades, VSDs)
- better building controls and sensing
- waste heat recovery, upgrading heat to a useful temperature or pressure to offset consumption
- changing the method of producing heat (e.g. using a heat pump rather than steam to produce hot water)
We work with technology vendors across all these areas to provide innovative solutions.
Producing your power or heat locally is typically a lot more efficient than grid power, and reduces your exposure to rising grid prices. Deploying onsite generation can also be an answer to capacity constraints.
This will typically involve allocating some space for the measures within or around your facility, and connecting the power or heat generation to your existing systems.
Our approach is that your existing systems and capacity remain in place, fully operational, but that the onsite generation is engineered to “do the lifting”, so that it provides the priority supply. Your facility remains fully grid connected, and should the onsite generation go down (for maintenance or due to a fault), you are seamlessly back on to grid power without any disruption to operations.
The choice of onsite generation technology depends on the profile of your power demand and also your sustainability goals.
Often space is very constrained at manufacturing facilities. An alternative approach, particularly for larger scale renewables is for us to build a generation facility close to your facility on third party land, and to supply power or heat via a private wire.
This can be structured in the same way as onsite generation.
Innovation comes in two main ways:
- using existing technology in new ways or identifying more advantageous methods of usage
- using new technology to solve problems previously unaddressable
Our innovation in the use of technology is a key differentiator for us.
We are also passionate about embracing new technologies that open up possibilities for efficiencies and onsite generation that were not possible previously. Our founder’s background at Jabil, investing in emerging energy technologies is at the core of our approach.
Some of the earlier stage technologies we are working with include:
- hydrogen ready gas engines
- local hydrogen production
- fuel cells
- wireless temperature sensors for refrigeration and thermal monitoring
- waste heat to chilling and refrigeration down to -40oC
- waste heat upgrade to steam and higher grade heat
- high temperature thermal energy storage (power to heat, heat to power, heat to heat)
- electrical energy storage
- emission mitigation via syngas buffering and compression