Salford-based green power specialist ENER-G has been awarded a top prize for low-carbon energy generation.
The company won the industrial and commercial category at the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) annual awards for its work with Inverness-based medical device manufacturer LifeScan.
An independent panel of judges applied rigorous criteria, such as carbon reduction, enhanced security of energy supply and lower energy costs, with the ENER-G combined heat and power/ CHP installation at LifeScan delivering on all counts to win the prestigious accolade.
Since installing the state-of-the-art, gas-fired ENER-G cogeneration system in April 2012, LifeScan’s Inverness site has reduced its carbon footprint by 625 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing more than 200 cars from the road or of the carbon dioxide sequestered annually by 512 acres of forest.
LifeScan Scotland, a Johnson & Johnson-owned company, manufactures blood glucose monitoring devices and the Inverness facility is a key research and development location for the global group. In a bid to boost its sustainability rating and meet key green objectives, LifeScan approached ENER-G to deliver a CHP installation for the site.
Carbon emissions at the site have reduced by 21%, and electricity consumption is down by more than half (53%), lowering the energy bill by 27%. As a large site, LifeScan is subject to the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme and the CHP system is making a substantial contribution towards its CRC performance.
LifeScan purchased the CHP system outright and will achieve a return on investment in just over two years. This first installation has been so successful that LifeScan has already decided to purchase another CHP unit from ENER-G, to further reduce carbon emissions. The second unit is due to be operational in the first quarter of 2014.
Alan Barlow, Managing Director of ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, said: “We are delighted to share this award with LifeScan, who have demonstrated environmental leadership in becoming a low carbon distributed power generator. This success follows our triple success in the 2012 CHPA Awards, where we won two out of five categories for our projects with Tesco and Loughborough University, and received high commendation in a third category for multiple projects across GlaxoSmithKline sites.”
Jason Whitley, LifeScan’s Facilities Senior Project Engineer, added: “We are continually seeking ways to raise our environmental performance and this move to on-site generation of power is a key element of our carbon-cutting strategy. We are very pleased to be partnering with ENER-G, which is able to provide us with a total service – from initial design to long-term care of the systems – ensuring our commitment to a sustainable future.”