If there’s one thing you can say about the British climate, it’s that it’s unpredictable. As we’ve seen from the recent snowfalls paralysing parts of Scotland, this makes it far harder to respond appropriately to extreme weather events.
After all, if large dumps of snow – or high temperatures during the summer – happened every year as part of our normal climate, then we could better plan and prepare for them.
For businesses that require controllable heating or cooling, extreme weather can present an additional challenge.
The need to respond to unseasonal temperatures
For example, if you manufacture chocolate and your warehouse is equipped with cooling equipment that can maintain your products at the right temperature when external temperatures are 25˚C or below – but it hits an unseasonably high 28˚C – what do you do?
Or you may just need a temporary heating or cooling solution – for example, providing short-term air conditioning to office or retail accommodation during a hot spell, or hot water to provide shower facilities at a construction site.
As a result of customers presenting us with these types of challenges – and others wanting more energy efficient solutions to heating or cooling requirements – we have started working in partnership with a business that can provide the latest equipment on a short-term basis (of which more of in a minute).
DSR creating new market
The growth in the number of companies looking to participate in demand-side response (DSR) schemes is also fuelling demand for short-term cooling and heating solutions.
For example, if you store perishable goods, you can use your cold storage system as a battery. ‘Charge’ it up by using extra power to reduce temperatures, then ‘discharge’ that stored energy at peak times by turning down your supply and letting your cold store warm up to your maximum permitted temperature (while saving on peak import costs).
But investing in more responsive or energy efficient kit to trial this type of DSR can be expensive.
Likewise, we have agricultural customers looking to test biogas production who need to source a boiler or heater to support the anaerobic digestion process.
Other customers simply want to save on running costs, but can’t currently front investment in new kit.
Partnering with a new supplier
That’s why we’ve selected a partner who is experienced, reputable and reliable to provide temporary and cost-effective heating and cooling solutions for our customers, either as a one-off service or through longer-term leasing.
Here’s an example of where leasing kit can be a smart idea:
Generating weekly savings
A client using a 500kw chiller running at 6˚C within an ambient temperature of 30˚C was spending £4838.40 per week on running costs (180kW @ £0.16 pence per kWe).
Our partner then leased them one of their Daikin 500kw chillers. Running in exactly the same conditions, the weekly running costs dropped to £4085.76 (152kW @ £0.16 pence per kWe). This delivered a saving of £752.64 per week – or a £39,137.28 annual saving (if the temperatures remained the same).
The saving is based on the chillers running 24/7, which is typically the norm for most food and beverage or pharmaceutical industry customers.
So whether you’re considering short-term heating or cooling solutions – or are looking for enhanced energy efficiency – please get in touch with your Client Lead (existing customers) to find out more about this fast and flexible service, or email us at nBS@npower.com.