Emergency Generators – Why Are They So Important?

Many of our clients require continuous power supplies in order to function and meet the regulatory requirements within their industry. Working across so many sectors flags hundreds of reasons as to why emergency generators are required and why they should be well maintained.

The clue is definitely in the name, emergency generators are used when a crisis hits. They should be regularly maintained in order to act as your safety net should you be unfortunate enough to suffer from a blackout.

Emergency generators are an independent source of power that when called upon support your systems in a mains power outage. With this in mind, it is worth considering the value they can bring to your business or property, or in other words, what could be lost if the power went out.

The national grid power outages in August 2019 affected thousands of people and brought businesses and transport to a standstill, this further highlights the need to consider alternative emergency power systems.

Emergency Generators Allow For Continuous Operation

The MOD is a prime example of a client that requires emergency backup generators so that they can maintain operations continually, and it is imperative that they have well maintained backup power systems in case they are called upon. At Shenton Group, we provide comprehensive support to our clients, including the MOD. Scheduled startups and load bank testing are taken care of by our dedicated team, right through to maintenance work on canopies to protect generators from the outdoor elements. Shenton Group provides the full package when it comes to keeping your equipment in full working order.

The MOD are located throughout the UK, often in remote areas. The remote nature of some of these locations further highlights the importance of having well looked after emergency backup resource for occasions when the mains supply is cut off.

Emergency Power Supply MOD

Emergency Power Supply Benefits

Having access to an emergency power supply has countless benefits. It goes without saying that hospitals and healthcare facilities cannot afford to suffer from the consequences of a power outage as essential operating and life-saving equipment requires a constant and reliable source of power. However, other industries can benefit from having emergency backup power.

Data centres and financial institutions are under constant pressure to ensure all business systems function no matter what. The benefits of having an emergency power supply at your premises include the protection of:

  • Security systems
  • Lighting
  • Communications systems
  • Customer services
  • Data integrity
Shenton Group Emergency Backup Power Install

Maintaining Your Emergency Generator

Without looking after your emergency generator, can you rely upon it? Although a back-up generator for the majority of the time sits there dormant, the equipment still needs regular maintenance to ensure reliability when it is needed. Over time batteries can become flat, hoses and connections can perish and fluids level can drop. That’s why it is imperative to keep your backup generator in shipshape condition; as otherwise, it is a redundant asset to own.

Shenton Group provides detailed health checks for emergency generators. We supply remote monitoring, servicing, repairs, maintenance and emergency response. Regularly scheduled maintenance plans are available and work out to be very cost-effective.

Our remote monitoring service allows us to predict and rectify any potential issues, and we even have the ability to start or stop your generator should you require us to do so.

Mobile Emergency Power Systems

Not every client has the budget or the requirements of the MOD or of the Health Care sector, but that does not mean you cannot have a contingency plan for an emergency power supply.

For many, an emergency generator call-out contract is sufficient and will protect them and their operations in the case of a prolonged power outage. Likewise, many of our clients make use of our Power Call service for emergency backup power as they may only lease the property they operate out of, and so, a permanent on-site generator is not suitable. Power Call provides you with guaranteed back-up power for your site, with an average response time of 100mins for a small monthly fee. A monthly contract with Shenton gives businesses access to 24/7 support from our strategically placed locations across the UK.

Reduce Your Risk & Enquire About an Emergency Generator

We have over 30 years of experience when it comes to supplying power solutions to our clients, many of whom have just suffered a power-related emergency where there has been an outage and they have been caught out. Protect your business with an emergency power supply that can allow you to continue to run your facility and operation, or at the very minimum, safely shut down and prevent any damage occurring.

We provide a FREE site survey and can advise you on the best solution so that when faced with a loss of power, you are covered. Get in contact today.

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Power Options Explained – Protect Your Business From Power Outages

Power outages never come at a convenient time, especially for businesses where it can cause huge levels of disruption with work coming to a halt, equipment shutting off and everybody left scratching their head as to what to do next. However, there are solutions to deal with power outages that can meet your exact requirements and fall in line with your budget.

Depending on the industry you operate in, your power security levels can vary. Some businesses can simply not afford any downtime and a power outage would be a total disaster, whereas some other operations can cope with a temporary loss of power.

By getting in touch with a technical expert such as Shenton Group, you can rest assured that the advice and solutions on offer will match your business requirements so that in the event of a loss of power, the disruption will be minimal, or even have no impact on your business at all.

Finding the Right Power Outage Backup System

Consulting our team of experts and getting a FREE site survey will ensure that you receive sound advice from a company who have operated in the world of power solutions for over 30 years. We will take the time to review your facility and setup, as well as answering any questions you may have.

We have helped clients across an abundance of sectors, from retail giants to data centres, providing them with solutions that protect their businesses and properties from power outages. At Shenton Group, we will help you find the correct solution for your requirements. Below we have covered the various solutions on offer.

Shenton Power Solutions

Emergency Call Out Power Solutions

An onsite permanent generator is not always the best solution for businesses where constant power is non-essential. If an outage would cause some level of disruption but nothing critical, there is no need to spend money on a permanent backup system.

The solution recommended for this type of client would be Power Call.

Power Call is a unique emergency generator callout service which has an average response time of just 100 minutes where ever you are based in the UK, Power Call does not prevent power loss, but for a small monthly fee, you will have total round-the-clock support with unlimited emergency call outs for power cuts. This means you have access to reliable back-up power when you need it most.

We appreciate keeping costs down is essential for smaller businesses and facilities such as care homes, and so an on-demand service with 24-hour, 365 days a year cover provides your business with an effective power security solution. 

The next steps for a business where a short power outage is manageable would be to speak to a Shenton Group technical expert. If an average response time of just 100 minutes and unlimited emergency call outs sounds appealing to you, Power Call is the solution you are looking for! Get in contact today for more information or read what our clients think of the service:

Backup Power Solutions – Power Back in Seconds

For businesses that can only accommodate a handful of seconds’ drop in power, such as retail locations, an on-site backup generator is more suitable. While a generator starts up to take the full electrical load, there will be a brief gap when there is no access to power, but things are soon up and running as normal.

We can offer expert technical advice to ensure that you are provided with a generator that will keep commercial properties functioning. Retail, sport and leisure complexes rely on continuous power to ensure that their locations remain operational and so in the event of a mains failure, a backup power supply will kick into life in a matter of seconds to keep tills ringing and customers happy.

For a business that requires a backup power solution with a quick reconnection to a power supply, the next steps would involve a FREE site survey to understand your requirements. We offer a full backup generator service to help alleviate the worries of power outages, including an initial site survey, the design and manufacture of your generator, as well as the install, testing and future maintenance of it.

Backup Power Generator On Site

UPS Systems for Critical Power Supplies – Continuous Power

For some businesses, there can never be a drop in power. An outage is simply not an option.

As industry-leading technical experts, we pride ourselves on working with clients who cannot afford to be hit by any form of power outage, which is why we offer uninterruptible power supply solutions, perfect for businesses and facilities where power is critical.

Without a UPS, there is a delay while the backup generator starts in an incident of power outage. In some scenarios this would be a disaster, such as in data centres, hospitals and military locations. A UPS system bridges the gap, preventing a loss of power while the generator starts up to provide a sufficient power supply to your property and equipment.

Customers who need a UPS should get in touch and speak to our expert consultants about our solutions. We can then get to work safeguarding your critical power supply and ensure you power security is handled professionally.

Speak to the Experts

If you are interested in putting the correct steps in place to protect yourself from blackouts, surges and fluctuations, get in touch today.

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August Power Cut – Energy Firms Pay Out £10.5m

After millions were left without electricity and many of our transport networks ground to a halt, three of the biggest energy firms are going to pay out over £10.5 million into a redress fund managed by the UK’s energy watchdog Ofgem.

On Friday 9th August the UK saw widespread disruption following a hugely disruptive power cut that left commuters stranded and thousands of homes and businesses without power. Following a lightning storm which struck pylons and overhead lines just north of London, two large generators reduced their supply which a minute later triggered backup systems, meaning 5% of the UK power supply was shut off in order to safeguard the other 95%. This resulted in power cuts across the Midlands, South East, South West, East of England and Wales. The investigation conducted by Ofgem found that after the lightning strike Little Barford Power Station in Bedfordshire and Hornsea Windfarm both went down. 

The power cuts affected not only homes but also businesses and hospitals. It also left railways disrupted for days after, and so RWE Generation, who runs Little Barford Power Station and Orstead, who oversee the Hornsea offshore wind farm, will now cough up £4.5m each. In addition, distributor UK Power Networks has agreed to pay out £1.5m. 

What About the National Grid?

According to BBC News, Ofgem flagged a number of issues with some of the National Grid processes and procedures, which will need to be addressed in order to minimise the risks of future power cuts. The National Grid will also be under further scrutiny with Ofgem reviewing their role as the electricity system operator. 

Internally, National Grid has begun its own investigation and has said it will be working with ‘colleagues across the industry, to address the issues raised.’  

Reaction from Hornsea Windfarm

Hornsea Windfarm, which is located off the coast of Yorkshire in the North Sea, went down during the August power. They have since said, “We have co-operated with Ofgem throughout their investigations and conducted a thorough internal review of the events in order to prevent a situation like this from happening again.”

The disruption caused on the rail networks has also given the rail companies some food for thought. Some trains were stranded due to the software sensitivity during the power fluctuation, which meant they had to be manually restarted by an engineer.

WIndfarm In UK

Safe Guard Your Power – Get the Right Solution With Shenton Group

It is certainly possible to safeguard your business or property with an alternative/backup power supply in order to avoid power outages, especially at sensitive locations such as health care facilities, data centres and transport centres. 

Shenton Group has a broad range of solutions from onsite generators and UPS’s that ensure no break in power, to emergency generator call out services (Power Call), a cost saving solution that guarantees you power within 3 hours of an outage, wherever you are based in the UK. Power Call provides you with a reliable plan B that negates the need of an onsite generator. 

Whatever your requirements, ensure you get the right solution with Shenton Group. Get in contact today and request a FREE site survey.

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UPS Solutions for Data Centres

Data centres are required to be up and running constantly, even when there is a loss of power, as they are so vital in allowing us access to key information across a wide sector of industries including IT and telecoms. A UPS acts as a failsafe, bridging the gap when the mains are down to ensure that data centres can still function.

Modern society is heavily reliant upon connectivity and the internet so data centres require continuous power to keep our data safe, secure and accessible. The vast majority of data centres incorporate UPS in their electrical distribution set up to make certain that there is power available to all of the electrical equipment in the event of a mains power outage.

What Is a UPS in a Data Centre and How Does It Work?

An uninterruptable power supply system forms a key component of a backup power set up in a data centre, managing power fluctuations and protects from power outages that would otherwise cause untold damage. Essentially, in the event of a power outage, a UPS will retain the power to all of your electrical equipment by switching from the mains to battery power seamlessly whilst your generator is notified and starts up. As the generator starts up there is a short delay, the UPS provides continuous power during that time. Once the generator is ready, the generator then replaces the mains power. If you do not have a standby generator, a UPS will provide enough power to keep things online for a short duration.

Stable Power For Your Data Centre

Data centres require a stable and secure power supply to ensure they operate smoothly at all times. Specialist UPS systems for data centres stabilise the voltage and control the mains supply to protect your IT system from spikes and dips which can be damaging to your hardware.

Uninterruptible Power Supply at Data Centres

Benefits of Data Centre UPS Power Supply Sourced From Shenton

At Shenton Group, we have an extensive range of high efficiency UPS solutions, whether you are looking to add to your existing power back up options or you need to create a bespoke set up to ensure you have a constant power supply for your data centre. We not only supply to data centres but also server farms, telecommunications companies and IT networks, insurers, banks and other finance focused enterprises. 

Key Benefits of Choosing Shenton Group:

  • Shenton Group’s technical expertise and experience ensure you get the right solution that will meet your unique needs and will protect you from outages, spikes and surges so you can be worry free.
  • Shenton Group UPS maintenance contracts provide added security to all your IT systems and data. Should there be a fault, the Shenton Group support team are available 24/7 (depending on your contract). With support depots across the country, one of our engineers is always close by.
  • Shenton Group maintenance contracts can feature remote monitoring meaning some issues can be spotted by the Shenton team and resolved before they cause a malfunction, further reducing any chances of downtime.

Energy Efficient UPS Data Centres

Data centre operators need to be aware of energy efficiency and minimising their carbon footprint. Shenton Group offers a consultancy service that reviews your facility and all of your power usage. They can advise, design and integrate the most energy efficient solution that in the will save you money and provide you with added power security. This, in turn, could reduce your carbon footprint as well as provide more bang for your buck.

Request a FREE Site Survey

Our experts can visit your site and will take into account your specific requirements and help you select a UPS that can efficiently manage the operating load of your facility, not just its fully rated capacity.

Limited Space For a UPS? No Problem!

We understand that space in a Data Centre comes at a premium with server racks generating more revenue than a UPS system. Shenton Group’s technical experience of varied project installations means we work with you to ensure the best solution not only for continuous power requirement but also how to ensure the space for the UPS is used as efficiently as possible making us a leading supplier to the market.   

Let’s Have a Conversation About UPS For Your Data Centre

Any expert supplier that provides uninterruptible power supplies and generator installations such as Shenton Group will offer advice that takes into account environmental issues, safety regulations and legislation on top of sourcing you the most fitting UPS setup for your data centre.

Speak to our team of experts and we will be happy to assist.

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Biogas Combined Heat & Power – Energy from a Renewable Source

Biogas CHPs can help businesses and organisations reduce their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. The way in which we generate energy is evolving and the use of biogas is a step in the right direction as it helps alleviate consequential damage to the environment.

Creating Energy from Biogas

Biogas is a truly renewable fuel, which converts into a number of useful energy types including into fuel to run a biogas CHP engine (Combined Heat & Power). These engines are capable of producing both electricity and heat, for farms, leisure complexes, healthcare facilities or any other environments that require electricity and heated water.

As well as fuel for CHPs, biogas can be upgraded to a higher purity level called biomethane that is suitable to be introduced into the national grid network for use as general gas fuel.

Generating Biogas

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the most common process through which biogas is created. Any organic materials are suitable for use as fuel in an AD plant and they are known as ‘feedstock’. The anaerobic process uses microbial activity to digest the material in the absence of oxygen. The by-product from this digestion process is biogas, which is energy rich gaseous fuel, high in methane content.

Sources of Biogas

Biogas is an organic fuel and comes from a number of sources. Waste products, normally disposed of at a cost, are some of the best sources of biogas.

Biogas sources include:

  • Municipal food waste
  • Animal slurry from cattle, pigs and poultry
  • Effluent from wastewater treatment plants
  • By-products from brewing and distillation processes
  • Industrial waste – particularly from the food industry
  • Energy crops harvested by farmers specifically for AD plant fuel

Environmental Benefits of Using Biogas as a Fuel

Energy generated from the AD process is both renewable and environmentally friendly. Biogas created from feedstock is truly renewable and as such, the fuel is almost carbon neutral when compared to traditional fossil fuels.

Biogas generation also solves the issue of waste disposal, as organic materials used as feedstock are otherwise expensive and difficult to dispose of. Not only this but the by-product of the AD process, ‘digestate’, is hugely rich in nutrients and is widely used as a fertiliser on farmland.

Using Biogas to Generate Energy

Biogas helps businesses and organisations reduce not only their carbon footprint and minimise the damage caused to the environment, but provides them with fantastic energy savings. The most common uses of biogas are as a source of power or for injecting into the National Grid after being upgraded to biomethane.

Biogas to Power

Biogas can drive a piston engine in order to power Combined Heat and Power units. The electricity generated by CHPs offsets the power that would otherwise have to be purchased from the electricity grid at a far higher cost to both the customer and the environment.

The power generated by the CHP runs the AD process, or any other electrical load, while surplus energy can be sold back to the National Grid and generate additional income. As well as the electricity, the heat generated by CHPs is used to heat up water and maintains warmth in the AD process to keep the digestion temperature optimised. Any additional heat can supplement or replace heating that would normally come from devices that are reliant on fossil fuels such as boilers.

Earning an Additional Income From Your CHP

When biogas is upgraded to biomethane, the level of methane is increased by removing other constituents of the gas, which in turn means it can be injected under very high pressure into the National Grid pipeline network. This means the producer of the biogas can enjoy a new source of income.

When selling biogas back to the National Grid, a CHP is normally still required on site as the parasitic electrical loads are very high, but these demands can be met through the generation of low-cost electricity using a CHP which operates using biogas. The remaining heat can still also be utilised in the AD process and elsewhere on-site, making the efficiency of CHP engines at facilities such as this extremely high.

5 Ways to Generate Revenue from Biogas

Biogas is an excellent way to generate additional revenue, whether you charge other businesses who want to leave organic matter at your site, or you earn income for your input into the National Grid.

Here are 5 ways that Biogas can be monetized –

  1. Charge a ‘gate fee’ for waste products. You can charge companies who have waste organic matter, which can be tricky and costly to dispose of, but is useful in the generation of biogas.
  2. Make revenue from your CHP unit. Electricity and heat are both valuable forms of energy and so your Combined Heat and Power unit running on biogas can generate a significant energy resource.
  3. Government Incentives. There are various government led incentives for using biogas such as the RHI, the Renewable Heat Incentive.
  4. Gas to Grid. Operating a gas to grid set up can be a huge success with the value of biomethane being so substantial.
  5. Sell on the by-product. Digestate is a great fertilizer and is highly sought after so even when the energy has been and gone, there is still a profit to be had.

Consult the Biogas Experts

At Shenton Group, we have vast experience in the supply of CHP units and Gas Treatment Systems across the biogas industry. We are the sole UK distributor of Tedom CHP in the UK, and have a variety of sizes available to find a fit for your requirements.

Not only this, we can consult and coordinate the installation of your Biogas plant with the National Grid and can advise you on all aspects of CHP energy generation.

Looking for industry-leading service levels? Support with maintenance? Fixed and predictable costings? Making a success of your investment in biogas technology?

Look no further, Shenton Group is here to help.

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Key Account Manager for CHP Wins Colleague of the Month

This month’s colleague of the month has been chosen for his great goatee! You may laugh but this is one of the countless reasons Damien Stephens who is one of our Key Account Managers for CHP has been chosen. Congratulations Damien!

Damien has come into the business 18months ago after previously working at Bosch in a similar role. His always positive attitude, amazing customer service and relationship building has been noticed by his colleagues and clients alike. He has brought an overwhelming team-building quality to our business which in turn has become infectious within the sales team.

His job as a CHP Key Accounts Manager is to spec the correct CHP solution for the application, and to build relationships with our clients. Damien is often out on the road presenting technical presentations to consultants, meeting with potential client’s, and works closely with our technical team to ensure specifications are met. When it comes to creating your own greener and cheaper energy, Damien is fully equipped to take your Combined Heat and Power system enquiry.

Well Done Damien, please enjoy your vouchers and bottle of bubbly you truly deserve the special parking space too, but it’s being used to park all the CHP’s you keep selling!

Interested in a career with us? Visit our careers page!

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Project Management Assistance Wins Colleague Of The Month!

This month’s colleague of the month is from our Projects Department. She has been acknowledged for her problem-solving and extremely helpful nature in one of our busiest departments. Lucy Wildman, Thank you for all your help and dedication to keeping our projects department running smoothly!

Lucy is one of our Project Management Assistance. Working office-based, she deals with tasks such as:

  • Preparing for generator Factory Acceptance Tests
  • Processing invoices and purchase orders
  • Liaise with clients and suppliers throughout the projects
  • Keeping record of project costs
  • Ensuring deadlines are achieved

Lucy also completes G99 applications on behalf of our clients. This provides peace of mind and takes away the headache of a complex application. All units that synch to the grid legally require G99 certification. Lucy’s liaises between the client and the DNO regarding approvals and payments up to the point of commissioning and testing, ensuring everything is submitted correctly.

Lucy has been with Shenton Group now for 18 months, hear is what she has to say:
“Our department is always very fast-paced and so busy with different things needing to be done each day to keep the projects moving, it’s nice to be recognised for the hard work we do. I enjoy the variety in my role, and the team I work within is very supportive.”

Thank you to Lucy for the super work and please enjoy the vouchers and bubbly WELL DONE!

If you need continuous power services and support from a dedicated, passionate and accountable team of professionals, click here to get in touch.

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Temporary Power Solutions for Construction

Temporary power solutions for the construction industry are vital in ensuring that any lighting is provided, as well as power for basic building tools and equipment so that work can proceed. A generator will ensure that those on site can continue to work when access to the mains is not possible and that you know the cost of your temporary power supply from the outset.

Rental Generators for Continuous Power

Typically, temporary power supply from a rental generator ensures that a construction site can still function during a power cut, that those working on the site have site lighting in order to work safely, and that basic and heavy tools remain operational.

For large-scale projects, cabins, toilets, canteens, meeting rooms and offices are often located on building sites, and so a temporary power solution will ensure that these buildings have power, workers have a place of refuge, and there is room to manage site operation.

As well as on new build construction sites, a temporary electrical supply may also be required when undertaking:

  • Building repairs, extensions and alterations
  • Demolition work
  • Planned shutdowns
  • Engineering works
  • Civil engineering projects such as road improvements

Rental Generators for Planned Shut Downs

Organisations that already have generators on site from time to time need to be taken offline for maintenance. This was the case for a hospital that we look after… This particular hospital has 4 of its own on-site generators, two of which are running 24/7, with two on standby.

When our client’s 4 on-site generators are taken off-line to be tested and serviced, we provide the site with 4 rental generators, with no break in continuous power. Having guaranteed reliable power throughout blackout testing for their generators for the last 6 years, Shenton Group continues to be a trusted provider that our client turns to time and time again. Shenton Group provides a fully project-managed service as well as complete maintenance support on the existing generators. To read the full story click here

Temporary Electrical Supplies Sourced from an Expert

When you need a temporary electrical supply, you should consult an expert. Your power demands will vary, therefore, a generator must be sized correctly to meet your needs or you run the risk of power loss.

Leaning on the expertise of a supplier such as Shenton Group is vital to ensure you choose the correct temporary power supply and equipment.
Shenton Group not only advises on the best solution for your needs at competitive prices but also offers added support for that peace of mind.

Onsite Support with Your Temporary Power Supply

At Shenton Group, we have vast experience in supplying construction site generators and understand the importance of having a reliable power source on site, and how achieving this ensures that deadlines are met. We offer full support during the time you are making use of our temporary power supply apparatus, including providing one of our experts onsite around the clock.

If power is critical to your project, or your site has any kind of power vulnerability, our comprehensive and professional service would be hugely beneficial to you. We supply not just the correct equipment but the technical support too.

Benefits of a Construction Site Generator

Below is a list of the benefits that come from renting a construction site generator.

  • Renting dependable power supply equipment ensures that you know you are going to have sufficient power on site as and when you need it.
  • Costs are not only affordable but anticipated too. We provide a quote for every job so you can factor this into your budget and there are no hidden surprises.
  • Our construction site generators are available to you for as long as you need. We understand that construction projects can overrun which is why we offer agile contracts to ensure you can continue to work for weeks or months longer and make upgrades, additions, cancellations and extensions.
  • We will support you all the way through the project with regular on-site servicing, maintenance and tech support 24/7 included in all our generator rental contracts.
  • Competitive pricing will ensure you are not paying over the odds to keep your temporary site lighting on.

Temporary Power Supply for Construction Sites

Temporary power supply on a construction site is invaluable. Heaters, dryers and boilers are just some of the equipment powered by a rental generator, preventing any unnecessary delay to your project.

In cold and damp conditions, the need to speed up the drying process in new build projects can mean work can progress much faster, in turn reducing costs. A reliable temporary power supply can assist in this process and our experts will be able to guide you in the right direction when it comes to sourcing best solution for powering any heating or drying equipment.

Looking to reduce the carbon footprint of your building?

As well as temporary supplies, we provide permanent heating and power supply solutions too. Our excellent CHP systems can be utilised for apartment blocks, student halls, leisure and hotel facilities in the plant room, giving you access to energy-efficient heating and power.

Temporary Power Optional Extras

As well as construction site generators, at Shenton Group we can offer a wide range of additional extras for rental generators, including on-site fuel management options, storage tanks, and generator refuelling for even the most remote locations.

From fire shutdown systems to anti-vandalism security kits, speak to our team about your requirements and we can supply any optional extras you might require.

Interested in Our Reliable Power Services?

We can offer support to help to keep your construction site project on schedule and the costs of temporary power in check. If you need more power, we can adapt with our flexible contracts and with maintenance included as standard, our tech support will ensure your temporary site electrical services are in operation at all times.

Do not run the risk of losing power which can bring your project to a standstill. We’ll get things are up and running so that you have a reliable temporary power solution on site.

To ensure your generator rental requirements are met, delivered and set up correctly contact Shenton Group today.

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Improve Your Energy Efficiency with Combined Heat & Power Systems

Energy is expensive. So why do we waste so much of it? Nearly two-thirds of the energy produced when we generate electricity by conventional means is lost through inefficiencies. CHP, or Combined Heat and Power, offers a solution whereby energy production efficiencies are as high as 95%.

To reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere and to reduce energy costs, producing energy by means of CHP is a win-win solution.

Making Use of CHP Energy Can Save You Thousands

In 2019, it is becoming more and more apparent that there is a huge requirement to be as energy-efficient as possible and to ensure our energy systems produce fewer emissions. Combined Heat and Power is the go-to option for any organisation that has a high demand for electricity as well as heat. Leisure centres with swimming pools, spas, hotels, the process industry and large residential blocks of flats can all benefit, as Combined Heat and Power systems can operate at an efficiency level of up to 95%.

The simultaneous production on site of both heat and electricity according to government data, means, you can reduce your emissions ‘by up to 30% compared to the conventional methods of heat generation via a boiler and electricity from a power station.’ So as well as a reduced carbon footprint, this method can result in huge energy savings.

How does CHP work? Greener, Cheaper Energy.

As the CHP engine creates electricity, the engine heats up. The CHP captures the heat energy generated and uses it to contribute towards the heating demands thus reducing the use of gas-fired conventional boilers. Whilst doing this it is generating electricity at a much lower cost per kW than grid electricity, plus it is vastly more efficient than electricity produced by a power station thereby reducing carbon emissions to the atmosphere. In simple terms, CHP is the greener choice when it comes to creating energy.

Combined Heat and Power Systems for Commercial Use

Huge operating and energy costs are one of the main reasons businesses and those who run large facilities consider on-site generation and a CHP system provides a reliable and efficient alternative to using the national grid.

Organisations that we have helped benefit from energy savings:

  • Hospitals, Care Homes & Clinical Facilities
  • Universities & Student Accommodation
  • Hotel & Leisure Facilities
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Sites

If you operate a facility in the list above and are based in any location across the UK where hot water is continuously required, then a CHP could help you reduce your outlays and result in significant cost savings. Call us today to find out how!

Biogas Fuelled Combined Heat and Power Systems

Biogas is the name given to Methane produced from the anaerobic digestion of waste material. Animal waste from farms, sewage from wastewater treatment plants and manufacturing waste from food processing factories are some of the typical sources of waste used in anaerobic digestion to produce Biogas.

An Anaerobic Digester plant takes the waste and fast-tracks the rotting process in a large oxygen-free tank thus producing Methane gas or Biogas. Specially adapted CHP engines can run on Biogas and often an Anaerobic Digester plant will have a CHP engine where the electricity is either put into the grid and a feed-in tariff received, or it is used on the site to run various equipment used in the plant or both. The heat generated from the CHP engine is also used in the anaerobic digestion process to keep the digester at its optimum temperature to encourage the rotting process.

In addition to this heat can also be used for:

  • On-site applications such as hot water for dairy farming, heating for animal sheds, agricultural drying equipment.
  • Keeping the digester at the right temperature for optimal anaerobic digestion.
  • Heating other farm buildings including any homes on the site.

Where a CHP engine is used on a greenhouse site, with specialist flue gas treatment, CO2 can be filtered out and pumped into greenhouses to aid plant growth.

Shenton Group CHP Expertise

At Shenton Group, we have years of expertise in the supply and installation of CHP systems. We are the sole UK and Ireland supplier of TEDOM, one of the largest manufacturers of combined heat and power engine systems.

How Do We Determine That CHP Is the Right Solution for You?

We work with you to assess your exact electricity and hot water demands. Next, we do a feasibility study, comparing your power bills to the predicted reduction in energy costs to ensure that purchasing a CHP is going to provide a positive return on investment. If CHP is the correct option to save you money, lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint, we can then help with the supply and install of a CHP solution.

Maintenance for Your CHP

We will ensure that you are covered moving forward with a sophisticated service and maintenance package to keep your CHP engine in perfect condition and running for the optimum number of hours possible.

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What Would Be the Impact of a Cyber-Attack on the UK Energy Network?

Over the summer the National Grid outage demonstrated how reliant as a nation we are on our electricity supply. It would be a catastrophe if there was a prolonged absence of power leaving us in darkness, stranded in our transport network and without the connectivity, we all so heavily rely on.

A recent report published by Dr Edward Oughton from Oxford University claimed that a cyber-attack on London’s power grid alone could cost as much as £111 million per day and that even a small attack on our energy network would result in chaos for 1.5 million people. He said, “Critical national infrastructure such as smart electricity networks are susceptible to malicious cyberattacks which could cause substantial power outages and cascading failure.”*

Flagged as an easy target, the National Grid is considered by many to be a weak spot that could be targeted by our enemies, so should we be concerned?

*Energy Live News/

Was the August 9th Power Cut a Cyber-attack?

John Pettigrew, National Grid chief exec dismissed any idea that the recent national power cut was in any way related to any kind of cyber-attack on our power supplies stressing the point that the National Grid is “certain” it was the result of a ‘freak coincidence’.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also previously stated that there has never been a successful cyber-attack on the UK energy sector that had gone on to disrupt our energy supplies.

However, despite a cyber-attack not yet actually impacting on our energy network, the threat is almost constantly there. BT who run the national broadband network, counteract hundreds of hostile approaches each day and recently said that the increase of attacks has risen a thousandfold in the last five years, a sign that there is concerted effort to undermine our communication and power supplies.

Continued Threats to Our Energy Supplies

Following on from the nerve agent attack on a former Russian agent in Salisbury, there is now an increased level of caution across the UK around foreign meddling, and this extends to Britain’s main energy companies. Both US and UK security services issued a warning back in April 2018 that Russia was deliberately trying to target critical internet based infrastructure, which includes our electrical supply.

Disruption to key services throughout the UK would be disastrous, especially to our power networks, hospitals and communication channels. Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, former chair of the Commons Defence Committee, says that securing our electricity network is pivotal – “If you take down the electricity network, you very quickly take down everything else as well. The vulnerability is real.” **

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James Allen from South Bank Investment Research collated an article on the real world impact that an attack on the UK National Grid and wider power supplies could have. Albeit to target investors, the article does make an interesting read about the vast damage that could be caused by a cyber-attack on our energy supplies.

He refers to The Daily Telegraph report that Russian hackers actually attempted to bring the UK to a standstill through a series of emails containing Word documents that allowed them to infect the computers of key people working in the UK energy industry. In short, hackers managed to smuggle out the documentation that contained crucial information and passwords for the UK power networks, so serious that the attack ‘could have allowed the hackers to remotely control power networks, switching off electricity systems, or causing disruption in the UK’s energy network.’

Currently, there are three natural gas lines and four electricity interconnectors at the bottom of the English Channel which supply over 3 million homes and according to the British First Sea Admiral Jones, the Russians have the ‘capability to detect and work on these cables.’ Russia has a history of attacking power supplies, namely back in December 2015 cutting power to over 250,000 people in Ukraine, and so there is a certainly a need for the UK to keep ahead of the game when it comes to protecting our power supply.

What Would Be the Impact of a National Power Cut?

The reason there is such concern about an attack on electrical supplies is the large scale disruptive impact it would have. Not everyone has measures in place for a backup generator to take the strain, especially for a long term power outage. Homes, businesses and entire cities would be plunged into the dark, and into the unknown with no idea as to when the power would be back up.

Consider things in your home that are powered by electricity. Your lighting, appliances, internet, heating, the list goes on. Outside in the street, the wider infrastructure of traffic light systems, train networks, even water supplies are reliant on electrical pumps for flats. Then, of course, there is the NHS, communications networks, all left in the dark.

Businesses would be unable to function without power to their physical shops, factories, supply chains, petrol stations and of course, computers and the internet.

The Measures in Place to Protect Our Electric Supplies

At Shenton Group we keep companies of all sizes, across a huge range of industries and locations functioning, even when there is a mains power failure. There is also a huge amount of investment being spent on safeguarding the wider power supplies throughout the UK, such as the National Grid.

  • In the last six years, £10bn has been invested in improving the security, integrity and carbon performance of UK energy supply markets by the National Grid.
  • The government has also made a £1.9 billion investment in cybersecurity defensive and offensive systems.
  • Ofgem recently announced new funding of £96 million to improve cyber resilience in the UK energy sector.
  • Wider private investment is constantly being made by companies looking to protect themselves from Cyber-attacks.

It is an interesting topic to keep an eye on, to see what additional steps are being put into place to protect our national electricity supply. If you have any concerns or questions about your power supply and would like to learn more about the options Shenton Group can provide during a power outage, then please do get in touch.

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