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Specifying diesel standby generators for homes

It’s becoming more common to see standby diesel generators installed in homes. For many properties the reliance on technology is no longer just to provide heat and light.

The demand for standby generators specified for these high end properties has increased by 60% as the option to provide continuous power becomes easier. Read more »

Do I need planning permission for a standby power generator?

Standby Diesel generators, especially those in inner-city or urban areas, can often require planning permission. With stricter guidelines around air quality and environmental health, planning for generators is a complex topic.

Requirements vary regionally, but the guidance below will help you find local contacts and answer some common questions to find out how standby generator planning impacts your project requirements. Read more »

What is ‘Peak lopping’ and how can it help to maintain power supply?

‘Peak lopping’ otherwise known as ‘peak shaving’, is the use of an additional power source (such as a generator) in synchronisation with the mains power supply, to deliver enough power to meet the peak demand that cannot be met by the mains supply.

Using a generator to provide a ‘peak lopping’ power supply, will enable the use of the most cost effective mains power but provide the added support to reinforce the mains power during periods of high demand. Read more »

Challenges of CHP Sizing

There is always a tendency for CHP to be oversized, especially when the selection is based on thermal output. This leads to reductions in annual running time, and considerable loss of financial saving for the client. In extreme cases it can lead to physical damage due to excessive shutdowns and failures. Read more »

CHP versus other renewable energy sources

When there is such a range of energy-saving and carbon reduction technologies available, it may often be difficult to decide amongst them. It is true to say that each individual technology should be considered on its own merits, and the services of a specialist consultant may be required in order to manage the performance and financial assessments that are part of this process. Read more »

Answering your CHP questions at UK AD & Biogas 2014 – Stand A061

What is a CHP system? What are the real benefits of using CHP systems? Are they suitable for all buildings? Where do they prove most efficient?

We will be answering these and other questions on power solutions and CHP at this years UK AD & Biogas event , showcasing our Gas Combined Heat and Power System – Power Therm.
CHP systems can drastically lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint; they also have the capability to run fully independent from the electricity grid. Read more »

AMF panels in action

A recent project showed the use of AMF panels to meet the requirements of a Bristol based IT company that required a cost effective relocation of their existing back up power supply. Read more »

What is an AMF panel?

Automatic mains failure (AMF) panels, often referred to as automatic transfer switch (ATS) panels, make the power switch to emergency standby generators in the event of a significant loss of mains power or total blackout. Without AMF panels, generators need to be operated manually and that can mean lost data, potential damage to electrical equipment, and huge amounts of disruption. Read more »

What is CHP?

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous production of heat and electricity from a single fuel source, usually at the point of use.

With a CHP system a fuel (usually natural gas) is used to drive a reciprocating engine, delivering electricity from the alternator. At the same time the heat produced by the engine working, is captured from various sources (for example from the exhaust system and engine cooling circuits) to produce hot water. On some models heat is also recovered from the alternator and engine oil, further increasing efficiency.
Typically a CHP will produce up to twice the amount of heat energy as the electricity it generates. Read more »

Bournemouth Care Show Success!

“Our first exhibition of the year; Bournemouth Care show was a great Success”

The event took place 26-27 March at the BIC, Bournemouth. The show is dedicated to providing education, products and services for those running organisations responsible for the care of older or disabled people. 
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