RED's capabilities have expanded at an impressive pace over recent years to meet the demands required to design increasingly energy efficient buildings and at the same time design Low/Zero Carbon and Renewable energy.
RED's capabilities have expanded at an impressive pace over recent years to meet the requirements to design increasingly energy efficient buildings and industrial facilities and at the same time implement low/zero carbon and renewable energy generation systems. Over the past four years RED has carried out energy and CO2 reduction projects in more than 45 sites across Europe in food and home care products (HCP). Of these, more than half were within the food sector covering products such as margarines, spreads, ice cream, wet & dry savouries, teas, sauces and other such items for world-renowned brands.
These projects have covered all elements of the engineering services such as steam, gas, compressed air, HVAC, refrigeration/cooling, lighting, electrical distribution, hot and cold water services, waste streams and process energy together with low/zero carbon technologies such as CHP, anaerobic digestion, solar power and waste heat recovery from processes.
In the last two years alone, identified projects from RED energy audits and projects have delivered:
There is a rapidly increasing demand for the application of combined heat and power technology for individual buildings as well as industrial sites to drive down operating costs and CO2 emissions. RED has extensive experience in undertaking feasibility studies to provide the optimum solution for each situation based on detailed analysis of the annual thermal and electrical demand profiles. RED can also assist its clients in concept design, through to the turnkey provision of CHP via competitive tendering exercise and acting as our the client's representative throughout construction and commissioning. Additionally, Tri-generation (or Combined cooling heat and power) systems are becoming more relevant for a number of applications including making use of waste heat from processes and critical power generation at installations with limited electricity infrastructure.
RED has an active involvement in a diverse range of energy network design and development across industrial and commercial sites as well as urban areas earmarked by local authorities for rolling out innovative global energy solutions. We undertake a dynamic analysis of the energy inputs and outputs of the network and take the results of this to integrate into the design of the energy centre which will support this network. These centres will be designed and sized to adapt to the local area in terms of fuels available, any waste processing requirement and sensitivity of the local environment. Technologies considered will be energy from waste, Biomass and other renewable energy solutions.
The start of the journey to make a real difference to operating costs and Carbon emissions has to be the energy audit. RED energy audits go far beyond the energy usage of a site. The main aim is to identify and quantify financially-viable projects which would reduce energy consumption or recover energy from a process. Results to date have been spectacular with some sites making potential savings of up to £1.25 million per year with project paybacks of under 3 years. We offer a technology agnostic view of the site such that the best independent solutions are put forward without any bias towards a manufacturer or type of system.
Over half the projects we are now involved with will contain at least one type of renewable energy technology. We will be involved in the feasibility studies at the planning and concept stage all the way through to detailed design and project management to provide a successful solution to integrate these technologies into the main systems. Renewable energy systems we have been involved with include Biomass, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Solar power, wind turbines, fuel cells and energy from waste.