HUW MORGAN, HEAD OF BUSINESS BANKING, HSBC BANK "RED is an inspiring example of a business committed to preserving our environment and protecting our future."
We identify, quantify and cost all sustainability options, enabling clients to see just how environmentally clean their building or processes can be. As part of this approach, we make extensive use of dynamic modelling software, making it possible, to accurately measure the financial and environmental cost of, say, altering the exterior colour of a building, its orientation or level of glazing. Similarly, we can test the impact of using different energy sources and climate control systems – in fact, we are able to analyse a wide range of engineering and architectural options available and determine the optimum mix of active and passive solutions.
RED has been involved for a number of years in feasibility studies and detailed designs of systems using Biomass plant in association with other renewable technologies. Our scope includes studies of exhaust emissions, environmental impact, noise surveys and supply chain resilience of fuels. Further feasibility works are carried out on fuel storage & delivery and the Carbon footprint of fuel deliveries. Examples include recent involvement as lead consultants in a project comprising a biomass gasification plant supplying biogas fuel to CHP plant.
The rising cost of energy, together with the global drive towards minimising waste disposal, have led to a sharp increase in projects generating energy from waste. These include the anaerobic digestion of organic waste to generate biogas, heat recover from industrial processes and waste heat export to neighbouring sites. We are currently investigating future industrial manufacturing sites where our design would lead to zero carbon / zero water / zero waste net consumption over the year. Energy from Waste technologies form a part of this strategy where we concentrate on local energy generation as much as energy efficiency. Our designs include anaerobic digesters, below-ground thermal storage, waste burners and CHP plant.
The majority of our projects will now involve a study of the potential for using solar power either by generating electricity using PV panels or renewable heat using evacuated tube solar collectors. Our analysis will accurately predict the amount of energy generated per year for a given number of panels in different positions in a particular geographical location and will include estimated payback times and CO2 savings. We are about to start the development of a 1 MWp photovoltaics project for an industrial client in Portugal. The work will involve a feasibility study, project validation, management of a competitive tendering exercise turnkey contract negotiations.
RED works alongside Geo-technical specialists to map below ground formations in order to design ground source heat sinks, below-ground thermal storage and deep geothermal / high temperature systems which, in conjunction with above ground heat and electricity generation plant results in impressive savings in energy costs with a minimal environmental impact.
RED's capabilities extend to feasibility studies and design integration of wind and water generation systems using detailed weather data and the effect of adjacent topographical features and buildings. Nearby sources of water such as rivers, lakes and the sea have been included in our designs for the purposes of providing highly efficient cooling systems for buildings such as hotels and data centres.
Our design concepts will usually include detailed analysis of rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and water conservation technologies to provide significant savings in costs, both for water supply and waste. This is now demanded more and more by local authorities in order to reduce the environmental impact and by developers and end-users to reduce operating costs with a good return on investment.