Salford-based ENER-G has launched a range of new guides to help industry optimise energy performance and assess the feasibility of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
In association with oil and gas giant, ExxonMobil, ENER-G has published an Energy Saving Guide for Business and Industry, which provides advice and practical recommendations on how managers can prioritise productivity while also saving energy.
With global energy consumption projected to rise by around 35 per cent by 2040 and electricity demand set to increase by 85 per cent, energy costs are expected to rise in future.
To protect against rising costs, the guide recommends that businesses adopt an integrated energy strategy, which includes the use of smart meters and control strategies, energy audits and decentralised energy generation such as CHP.
Topics covered include how to reduce energy demand in offices, factories and warehouses, financial options available for implementing energy efficiency measures and guidance on legislative and regulatory compliance, as well as more specific information such as the energy saving benefits of high-performance lubricants for production machinery.
As a specialist in CHP systems, which simultaneously generate useable heat and power on-site, ENER-G has also produced two further guides to help businesses to assess the savings and operating costs involved in CHP and the feasibility of CHP systems for different needs.
An additional guide focusing specifically on small-scale CHP has also been produced.
Chris Marsland, technical director at ENER-G, said: “Industrial energy bills can be reduced by as much as one fifth through simple, cost-effective measures to cut wastage.
“The guide outlines how on-site energy generation using efficient, low carbon technologies such as CHP can create enormous savings.
“The latest research shows that inefficient energy production is costing the UK £9.5 billion per year, whereas as decentralised energy production using CHP can achieve cost savings of up to 40 per cent over electricity sourced from the grid and heat generated by on-site boilers.”
CHP is particularly suitable for organisations with extended periods of heat or cooling demand, such as those in the leisure, manufacturing, healthcare, education and retail sectors.