13 Years of Service…

Last month we said goodbye to a valued member of the team. Marcus Dodworth, Key Account Manager, specialising in large scale and Biogas CHP projects left on a high after completing 13 years of service at Shenton Group! Known for his meticulous attention to detail, sense of humour and love of flying planes, Marcus now spreads his wings once again, starting up a new venture within the industry. 

We thank Marcus for all of his hard work and dedication over the years. Being a keen pilot, Marcus was presented with a Shenton Group branded hand made model plane to commemorate his time with the team. Marcus was overwhelmed with the gesture. 

We asked Marcus what he would miss…

“Lots. Where to start … if I had to name one – probably the open culture that enables you to have very frank conversations even at the highest level of management, and to know that you’ll always be listened to.”

How have you found working within the Shenton team?

“It has been a great experience from start to finish. I had the opportunity to work alongside a group of professional and dedicated people, with a real passion for what we do. The collective level of capability across the whole company is significant.”

What have you enjoyed?

“The culture of the company is very much work-hard / play-hard, so I really enjoyed some of the recreational stuff that we’ve done together.

Also, the opportunity to travel to a number of different countries for work has been great fun.”

Marcus, very driven and business proud, has shared a lot of knowledge over the years and secured countless biogas CHP projects. He has educated many and provided a lot of value to the team. We thank you once again for all that you have done for Shenton Group, and we wish you the very best of luck in the future!

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Colleague Of The Month September 2020

Shenton Group has been working around the clock throughout the pandemic providing support to clients of national importance. We have engineers all over the country that have been protecting organisations from power outages. And it has been our top priority to reduce the risk of any further disruption, from what 2020 has already thrown at us. 

When things are busy or times are difficult, it can be easy to get caught in the rush. Things can get overlooked and forgotten. We use ‘Colleague Of The Month’ is a time to pause, reflect and give thanks to members of the team that have been putting in the extra mile. 

Celebrate Your Team

As a company, we understand that to keep a team strong and headed in the right direction, it is important to listen and celebrate great work. After all, behind every great team stands great individuals. This brings us to congratulate Tom O’Malley, one of our Service Engineers that covers Scotland and the North!

No one can deny that Tom O’Malley has put in the extra miles. He recently travelled 254 miles to visit a client in Stornoway from Edinburgh, a 7-hour trip one way! 

Working During COVID19

COVID19 has affected every business in one way or another. As expected, some of our engineers had to shield, but this is where we saw engineers like Tom step up. Longer journeys to clients and longer shifts really highlighted the dedication of our team.

We asked Tom about his experience of working throughout COVID19:

” It has been difficult travelling between England & Scotland with different rules; it was a bit confusing at times, along with the constant threat of COVID19. However, I have stuck firmly to the government guidance, socially distanced and appropriate PPE. It is not the most enjoyable experience to work in these conditions, but we are committed to our clients.”

Colleagues have noted that Tom goes “above and beyond his duty”.

Working for Shenton Group for nearly eight years now, Tom explains what he did before this role:

“Having served my time as a truck technician, I knew that working in a workshop was not for me and wanted to specialise into more big engines work. I worked for a power generation company rebuilding & repairing large engines around the UK and Europe where I got the bug for some paid travel!” 

“I then moved to work offshore carrying out similar works but the standing around and watching Jeremy Kyle for days on end until the chopper arrived became too much to bear, so I left and joined Shenton Group….”

Working At Shenton Group

We asked Tom how he finds working at Shenton Group:

“I’m pretty lucky working for the Generator & CHP Department. I get a lot of variation in my job role from fault finding, engine rebuilds and service work, it’s never dull. It’s a good feeling leaving site with a happy client and a running engine be it a CHP or a standby generator.

Once again Tom, we would like that thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, you are an asset to the team. Enjoy the bottle of bubbly and voucher as a token of our appreciation. 

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles on our careers page. If you would like to join our team, get in touch!

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Colleague of the Month August 2020

August 2020 sees the world still battling COVID-19; however, things are gradually becoming a new normal in England, children are back to school, and social distancing measures are in place as more and more people return to work.

Shenton Group has continued throughout the pandemic, supporting the critical sectors with reliable power. We have a strong team ethic here at Shenton Group, and there is someone in particular that we would like to thank for their hard work and dedication.

Liaising between teams and keeping the cogs turning, we say congratulations to Farley Suckling for winning colleague of the month! Farley provides administrative support and creates a solid foundation to which a lot of our internal processes rely on. 

Farley’s varied role consists of: 

  • Keeping our engineers on the road! – Booking in vehicles for services/ MOT, 
  • Ordering uniform
  • Ordering food for staff and client visits
  • Processing invoices and checking statement 

Farley fresh from college has only been with the company for just over a year. In that time she has proved to be a very driven, reliable and professional member of the team. She has started to take on more responsibility and has been providing support to our project managers. 

Raising PO’s/ Applications/ Invoice, Ordering Parts, creating manuals, Creating PWP Pack (Project Works Pack), Typing FAT/SAT documents. 

Farley said:

“Every day is enjoyable. I love having a variety of tasks, not knowing what task I will get from day to day makes it interesting and keeps me on my toes!” 

“I work across departments with different people every day; it is a great team of people. I find it interesting to see how people work, and I am always learning new things.”

Colleagues have mentioned that Farley is “always willing to help”, “has a great attitude” and “has been an important link between people working from home and the office during lockdown”.

Thanks once again for all of your hard work Farley. You are a valued member of the team, and what you do is noticed and apricated by all. Please enjoy the bottle of champagne and vouchers as a token of our appreciation. 

Are you interested in a career at Shenton Group? Visit our careers page!

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World Cogeneration Day – Cogeneration Explained by the Experts…

What is Cogeneration?

Cogeneration also known as Combined Heat & Power (CHP) is the process of electrical power generation that captures the by-product (Heat) in the form of Low-Temperature Hot Water, Steam, or chilled water (in tri-generation schemes). Cogeneration is an incredibly efficient process as it uses such a high proportion or all the heat that is generated as a result of the electricity generation. By generating power and thermal energy simultaneously, Cogeneration can reduce carbon emissions as much as 30% in comparison to conventional generation via a boiler and electricity purchased directly from the national grid. 

For Commercial and industrial clients, Cogeneration can offer significant commercial benefits. 

With current utility prices (September 2020 industrial averages), rates of return on Capital Investments can often be under 18-months simple payback. This is due to the Spark Spread (Spark Spread is simply the cost of generating on-site compared to the cost of purchasing utilities and generating thermal energy through traditional means i.e. boilers). 

How Can I Ensure ROI With CHP?

Cogeneration is sized according to site specific thermal and electrical operating profiles. The feasibility reports Shenton Group can deliver on your behalf will assess the benefits of running a thermally led or electrically led system design. We can then review the commercial implications and benefits of each system to determine the most appropriate solution for each individual client’s site. By correctly sizing the cogeneration scheme, it is possible to achieve combined electrical, thermal energy efficiency in excess of 95%. Cogeneration will provide clients a fast return on capital investment. 

CHP

Funding Schemes Available For CHP Projects

With current social and economic drivers, Shenton Group can also assist by facilitating introductions for fully funded schemes with little or zero capital investment required by clients. Funded schemes may not offer as attractive savings to an end-user, yet, with zero capital investment required a funded solution could make immediate operational savings allowing sites to focus on core production and processes. 

Cogeneration benefits include:  

  • High Electrical Efficiency
  • High thermal efficiency 
  • Low emissions 
  • Low operational costs 
  • Reduction energy costs 
  • Simple Electricity Production 
  • Greater site resilience 
  • Future-proofing sites from uncontrollable external energy factors 
  • Fast project set up and installation 

Flexible power opportunities, Combined Heat and Power can benefit a wide range of industry sectors including: 

  • Hospitals
  • Universities 
  • Data centres 
  • Farming & Agriculture 
  • Food & drink manufacture 
  • Sewage and wastewater treatment facilities 
  • Industrial 
  • Commercial building 
  • District Heating 
  • Hospitality & Leisure 

If you would like to find out how you can save money on your power bills and reduce your carbon footprint, get in contact with me today. 

Shenton Group has delivered thousands of cogeneration projects over the years and has built many long-lasting relationships. We do not just integrate great CHP solutions; we also maintain them to ensure they provide you with years reliability and savings on your energy bills. 

For a no-obligation chat, contact me today! Email paul.oneill@shentongroup.co.uk or call 0344 888 444 5.
Let’s connect on LinkedIn!

Take your first step to a greener future.

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World Cogeneration Day 2020

With the increasing need for businesses and organisations to reduce their carbon footprints, there has been ever more focus on Cogeneration or combined heat and power technology (CHP).

What is Cogeneration?

Cogeneration (also Known as Combined Heat & Power – CHP) is the process of electrical power generation that captures the by-product (Heat) which is used to produce hot water. By generating power and thermal energy simultaneously, Cogeneration can reduce carbon emissions as much as 30% in comparison to conventional generation via a boiler and electricity purchased directly from the national grid. This method of localised energy generation has become more and more common across the globe.

Hospitals, Universities, Farming & Agriculture, Food & drink manufacture, Industrial and Hospitality & Leisure are just some of the industries that are going green and benefiting from carbon and energy bill reductions.

What is World Cogeneration Day?

World Cogeneration Day, 4th of September 2020 celebrates the efforts of those in the Combined Heat and Power sector helping to deliver these outstanding solutions. COVID-19 has put a massive strain on the global economy. It has proved challenging and more important than ever to keep the lights on and businesses functioning. Shenton Group acknowledges the individuals who have been out supporting businesses in this difficult time where most have been shielding. We thank you in your efforts and dedication.

Curtis Meek Sales & Marketing Director Shenton Group notes:

“We have a commitment to our clients, to provide reliable CHP solutions that are best fit for their needs, that provide optimal energy efficiency and the best ROI. Our team have continued to provide these critical services, ensuring power reliability and security.”

Are you interested to see what Cogeneration projects we have been working on? Get in touch or view our case studies on our website. 

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July 2020 Colleague of the Month Goes To…

Things have started to become the new normal. Some people are still working from home, but others are now back in the office and in the field (socially distancing of course!)

There is one engineer in particular that has been working hard throughout this testing time. Continuing to provide a quality service to our clients and being a great team player whilst workload has been high.

This leads us to say a big thank you and congratulations to Graeme Wilson, one of our Projects Engineers! Graeme is a technical expert on the generator side of the business, with 35 years of experience, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or fixed!

Fresh out of school, Graeme started his career in the Royal Navy where he trained as a Marine Engineer (mechanical and electrical).

These days you will find him shooting around the country assisting with complex installations and repair works on generators, some times staying away overnight. If you have a call-out at 3 am, it might be Graeme’s friendly face that rushes to your assistance. Rest assured, once on-site; it won’t be long before you are back with power again!

Graeme’s main area of expertise is system integration for control panels. He is also on hand to assist with site surveys and tech calls.

Colleagues have noted Graeme to be a “fountain of knowledge who is always willing to share his valuable experiences and things he has learned.”

He has also been recognised for the generator commissioning works he completed at ****** Airport, fixing switchboard defects at a health care site, and integrating a new control system for a backup power supply for another airport.

We thank you once again for all of your hard work, dedication and value you bring to the Shenton Group team. You have inspired many over your 12 years of service here, and we are pleased to have you onboard providing our clients with a professional service for years to come.

Are you interested in a career with us? Visit our careers page.

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June 2020 Colleague Of The Month!

It has been a difficult time during COVID-19 for a lot of businesses. It has put a strain on a lot of relationships and has tested teams. On a more positive note, it has also highlighted truly committed individuals that have pulled together to make things work, which brings us to say a massive congratulations to Ruth Armit from Credit Control who has won June 2020’s colleague of the month! 

Knowing how critical cash flow is at present and considering that every business is in the same boat, Ruth has been working away, trying to ensure everyone pays on or before due dates if they can.

Ruth explains: “Some of our customers are great – I never have to chase them. Others, I’m convinced, wait until I do! The most satisfying part is when I see the figure I’ve been chasing in the Bank!”

Ruth has worked for Shenton Group for three years now. We ask her what she enjoys most about her role:

“I enjoy working with the very varied clientele we have – from multi-national companies to farmers.”

Ruth, we thank you for all of your hard work and dedication; many people throughout the organisation have noticed your efforts. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved bottle of bubbly and vouchers!

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What’s Involved In The Transportation & Installation Of Power Solutions?

This blog covers the basics and possible logistics, and installation requirements for access and delivery for projects looked after by Shenton Group.

Every job is unique, and a dedicated Shenton Group Project Manager will establish the most efficient way of transporting your power solution to site, in a timely, and safe manner. 

Transporting products and materials to customers requires the prioritisation of deliveries and allocation of time slots to ensure the most efficient delivery / offloading process. Sounds simple! But the detail and procedures behind the scenes are sometimes more complicated than thought. 

Logistics provides a range of factors to consider:  

  • Personnel required for loading, Transportation and delivery 
  • Time slots for the generator and or material delivery 
  • Booking of cranes and forklifts 
  • Vehicle access
  • Pedestrian walkways
  • Access points
  • Offloading area
  • Traffic management plans

Does the generator require a hiab, forklift, driven road crane, or a tower crane to place materials and equipment in its final position? This needs assessing, and consideration of any road closures, and or traffic management measures that may be required.

Power solutions can vary in size from being able to fit comfortably on the back of a lorry, to wide loads. For wider loads, deliveries to your site may require road escorts and even more detailed planning.

Installation

The installation of a generator or CHP requires detailed thought. Not only ensuring there is a clear access route to deliver the equipment, but also ensuring there is space for future plant replacement programs to be carried out. Co-ordination needs to take place to ensure that any necessary cables, ductwork, pipework or other services do not ‘clash’ with existing site services. If this is the case, then existing services may need to be removed or re-routed.

As noted above, every project is unique, and different locations have their own variables. Shenton Group undertakes site surveys to assess the site to ensure there is nothing left to chance, providing you with peace of mind that the delivery and instalation will be completed with minimal to no disruption. 

Do you have a project in mind? Get in contact and speak to the UK’s leading technical experts in Standby Power, Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Combined Heat & Power Systems. Backed up with years of experience and technical expertise, in serving a multitude of clients and sectors, we ensure you will get the correct solution for your needs.

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Why Use Shenton Group BIM Models?

Shenton Group produces a diverse range of Generators and CHP units that provide electricity and or hot water to an array of clients and sectors across the UK.

As we have seen in the past, relying solely on conventional methods such as the National grid poses threats of power loss. Shenton Group provides alternative on-site power continuity solutions to ensure you stay connected. 

Shenton Group has an extensive portfolio of unit sizes range from; 7kw to 2300kw for CHP’s and 20KVA to 3200kVA for Generators. Helping you every step of the way is our technical team! We have a dedicated design department that creates quality BIM models and BIM families to enable your projects to run efficiently and to ensure you get the correct solution for your needs. 

World-class Design Creating Efficiencies For Space Planning

At Shenton Group, we are renowned for delivering technical solutions and efficiencies at a whole new level, from concept to completion.

As technology has evolved, Shenton Group has taken strategic steps to keep at the forefront of technological advancements, in the use of Computer-aided design (CAD) and Building information modelling (BIM), making Shenton Group the go-to company when it comes to Revit downloads of combined heat and power (CHP) and Generator units & accessories.

From our drawings, we have produced Revit Generator and CHP BIM models that you can incorporate into your RVT central models for space planning.

Shenton Group Generators consists of an engine, alternator, and cooling system, with the CHP units having an additional heat exchange system, all housed within a canopy for easy installation.  

The CHP models produced include: 

  • Ducting connections for the inlet
  • Outlet of the circulatory cooling air for the system
  • Connection for the Gas input
  • Primary and secondary flanges for the heat exchange
  • flue flange connection

Including the items above in our BIM families allows you to add other families to them easily.

CHP buffer vessels produced for your Revit models

The heat that is produced by the CHP is a by-product of the power generated; it is used to generate hot water via the heat exchangers within the unit, this hot water may be used for heating or domestic hot water.

When the hot water created by the unit is not required immediately, it can be stored in a buffer vessel to be used at a later date.

The buffer vessel(s) which we physically provide to clients if required, can also be used in your Revit models, designed by Shenton Group as a Revit family to suit your requirements.

9 Benefits Of Using Shenton Group Models

  1. Shenton Group’s BIM and Revit files are FREE to download
  2. Not sure what model you need? Our dedicated team of engineers can help you select the correct model for your requirements.
  3. Cost savings and workflow is accelerated – by downloading readymade Revit families; you do not have to spend valuable time modelling.
  4. Shenton Group BIM objects are highly technical and have been produced using exact dimensions.
  5. With Revit connectors in their exact place, MEP services and piping can be calculated correctly.
  6. Air and water flow directions are indicated on the CHP Revit families.
  7. Shenton Group models come with a maintenance zone, so you know how much unobstructed space is required around the Generators, enabling higher accuracy when space planning.
  8. Shenton Group Revit objects can be reused, improving drawing office efficiency.
  9. Shenton Group BIM objects come fully populated with the Generator technical data.

Get The Competitive Edge On Projects

Shenton Group BIM objects and Revit files enable BIM managers to evaluate floor space and height requirements, to show consultants and other contractors 3D views of exactly how the equipment is installed, with accurate machine data. So, the advantages of using Shenton Group models is that it gives you a competitive edge from design to completion of a project. 

Installers are able to view in 3D, using Revit, Navisworks Manager or Navisworks Freedom the layout and pipe runs, how and where electrical cable trays are to be installed, and if there will be any issues on-site during the installation even before the building work begins, saving contractors time and money from the start.

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FREE BIM Models for Download

Shenton Group Revit families are FREE to download, to help improve productivity for Consultants, Architects and Project Designers.

Click here to view our BIM models

FREE Site Surveys

Shenton Group will review your site and provide detailed feasibility reports. This will give you a better understanding of what your power and energy requirements are and what solution would be the best fit saving you time and money. Click to request a site survey.

Dedicated Project Manager providing a complete turnkey solution

A dedicated project manager to help see the project through, from detailed Revit family design to full RVT Revit project file production, to physical installation of the real parts.

Shenton Group has been providing power solutions since 1982 across every sector. To ensure you choose the right equipment for the application and power demands, speak to our technical experts. 

From initial design support with CHP or Generator BIM and Revit files to the ongoing support and maintenance of your fully integrated solution on-site, we can ensure you have what you need. 

To discuss any of our CHP or Generator options and BIM objects, why not give our team a call, and we will be happy to assist.

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Colleague Of The Month – May 2020!

It has been a difficult time the past couple of months living through the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of businesses have been scrambling around trying to function on less staff and keep the money coming in. It has affected every industry in one way or another. Staying front of mind throughout this struggle to offer critical services and support to those in need has been one of Shenton Group’s top priorities.

Our Marketing department has done everything it can to ensure that every temporary hospital, datacentre and distribution centre knows that there is a reliable company at the end of the phone who can offer support 24/7. Which brings us to congratulate our winner of May 2020’s colleague of the month… Nicole Wells, our Brand Manager!

Nicole looks after everything marketing related for Shenton Group. Since coming into the role two years ago, she has completely updated the brand bringing it into modern times and continuously boosts our brand awareness. From printed promotional collateral to social media and website, to video work and branding up our products, every detail is thought of when it comes to showing the company in the correct light.

We asked Nicole to comment on the following:

What do you enjoy most about your role/ working at Shenton Group?

“I love the variety of work I do, it allows me to be quite creative, and it has been enjoyable to be part of the journey as we grow as a company. The Sales and Marketing Team is a great team to work in, it is full of great characters!”

Nicole’s colleagues have said that she is “always happy” and “puts the team’s interests first” and “she continues to push out great work”.

We would like to thank you Nicole for all of your hard work. Congratulations once again and enjoy your bubbly and vouchers!

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