Essex clubs achieve electricity savings15th October, 2012 by admin
Two prestigious golf and country clubs in Essex have announced that a product they have installed has cut their electricity costs and CO2 emissions.
Three Rivers Golf & Country Club was keen to reduce its impact on the environment by reducing electricity consumption and carbon emissions, and a site survey carried out by EMSc indicated that voltage optimisation offered an ideal solution for delivering substantial savings without affecting operations. A Powerstar unit was installed, which has helped Three Rivers achieve savings of 6.8 per cent on total electricity consumption – an expected annual cost saving of £3,498. In addition, the club’s CO2 emissions have been reduced by 26.1 tonnes.
Stock Brook Country Club is also set to achieve savings of 4.3 per cent in energy consumption after the installation of a Powerstar voltage optimisation system. The club, which offers a number of facilities, was aware of its high levels of energy usage and sought a reliable solution to reduce its energy consumption and minimise its carbon footprint. It also turned to EMSc, which recommended that the Powerstar system would be ideal to help achieve cuts to both its energy bills and its carbon footprint. Since the installation, Stock Brook Country Club has achieved a reduction in electricity consumption of 53,634kWh, a electricity cost savings of £3,649 per year.
What is voltage optimisation?
Voltage optimisation is an electrical energy saving technique in which a device is installed in series with the mains electricity supply to provide an optimum supply voltage for the site’s equipment. It is an innovative technology dedicated to matching power demands to the needs of electrical equipment. The installation of a voltage optimisation system offers a quick, cost effective, and proven method to lower carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.
The reason voltage optimisation can have such a significant impact on energy used is because on the whole, the National Grid supplies a higher voltage than is generally required. Although the nominal voltage in the UK is 230V, the average delivered is actually 242V. This ‘over-voltage’ means that energy consumption is significantly greater, the result of which is higher energy bills.
Voltage optimisation saves on average 12%-15% of total electricity consumption and related CO2 emissions, all without compromising the supply to electrical equipment. The payback period after installing the product is typically between 0.8 and 2.5 years.
What is Powerstar?
Powerstar is a triple wound system with a patented design that actively reduces a considerable percentage of electrical energy consumption. The system, which is designed and manufactured in the UK, is available in fixed and electronic-dynamic variations.
Powerstar systems have been successfully installed into leisure facilities throughout the country, achieving average savings of 12 to 15 per cent, improving the life expectancy of electrical equipment, and enhancing power quality by reducing harmonics.
“Golf clubs around the country are realising that reducing energy consumption through the simple installation of a voltage optimisation system will help to cut costs, demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship and ensure compliance with legislation,” said Dr Alex Mardapittas, EMSc managing director and designer of Powerstar.
“Energy management is an integral part of best practice for golf course and golf club management. Clubs seeking a reliable, proven energy saving solution – one that can help reduce carbon emissions while realising significant savings on energy consumption – can be assured of professional and specialised service from the Powerstar team.”
EMSc has been manufacturing the market leading voltage optimisation solution Powerstar at its headquarters in Yorkshire for over a decade. The company is accredited with the Made in Sheffield accolade in acknowledgement of the quality of its manufacturing process, its expansion into international markets, and the overall success of Powerstar, which is exported worldwide to countries including Cyprus, Australia, UAE, South Africa, Greece, Malta, Bahrain and Spain.