The SUSTAIN Lincolnshire Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technology Demonstration project aims to show Lincolnshire SMEs how they can become more competitive by saving on their energy costs, whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
The project achieves this by demonstrating the effects of retrofitting renewable technologies to four Lincolnshire County Council owned business centres, combined with the implementation of cost effective energy-saving strategies at each of the properties. The renewable technologies installed have been carefully selected to provide data on leading-edge equipments.
The Eventus business centre at Market Deeping already benefits from the latest build-standards, together with an energy generating wind-turbine and a rainwater harvesting system;
Minerva House at Holbeach is also a modern building, to which a roof-mounted solar-PV system and an air-source heat-recovery system has been added to support project objectives. The “Ecocent” air-source heat pump system is particularly innovative, being installed wholly inside the building; by taking its inlet air-source via a duct connected to the relatively warm kitchens area, makes it highly effective at producing cost-effective air source heating.
The 3.96kWp solar-PV system also installed at Minerva House is a conventional roof-mounted array designed to complement the “Ecocent” air source heat pumps by generating renewable energy.
At Mercury House, Gainsborough, which also benefits from a rainwater harvesting system, a sun-tracking solar-PV system has been installed, together with high-specification, T-5 lighting; An interesting feature of the project will therefore be to compare the output of this system with the output of an identically-sized roof mounted system installed at Minerva House.
Completing the quartet of demonstration buildings, a combined heat & power (CHP) boiler has been installed at Oak House, Lincoln. The CHP boiler is one of the first instances that a unit of this size has been installed in the county; alongside the heating that the boiler will provide for Oak House, the unit also generates in-house electricity to reduce mains-power consumption.
To evaluate the energy-saving strategies, and the cost-effectiveness of the renewable-technologies installed, each of the four buildings has been fitted with a monitoring and management system; this system incorporates detailed metering of energy and water consumption, and of renewable energy generated and rainwater harvested.
The associated data is automatically captured and processed using internet technology; it is then made available to authorised managers at their desktop either as raw information, or in the form of automated reports that enable energy-saving actions to be identified and implemented. Basic reports for each building can be found here.
To find out more about the Renewable Energy sources used in the above project then click on the links below;