Everything News Jobs Opportunities Events Products/Services
more
 
About
Go to Home
Sign Up Sign in

EMSc UK Ltd

Powerstar at Richmond Adult Community College


INTRODUCTION
Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) in London is a centre of learning that offers students the opportunity to extend their existing skills and acquire new ones. The College is a keen proponent of environmental issues and asked Powerstar to demonstrate how voltage optimisation could reduce electricity use and improve their carbon footprint.


THE CUSTOMER
The College is dedicated to providing the resources that enable adults to unlock their talent and fulfil their potential through learning, skills and enterprise. RACC offers approximately 2000 courses in 14 (out of 15) of the Sector Subject Areas that define the further education sector. These courses range in level from basic skills to postgraduate. In addition the College offers a programme of events, exhibitions, performances and leisure activities.

The College has an excellent reputation for high quality teaching, learning and effective assessment. It provides an impressive array of student support services across its two main sites; these include free access to Information Technology in its Learning Centres and a crèche for under 5’s. Courses are provided onsite during the day, in the evenings and at the weekend.


THE CHALLENGE
RACC actively promotes sustainability and eco-friendly practices and has already worked with the Carbon Trust to reduce its carbon footprint. As part of its ‘green’ commitment the College recently up-dated its heating systems at the Parkshot site, while the Clifden new build will achieve BREEAM Excellent rating and will incorporate recycling and sustainable energy strategies.

Against this backdrop the College called in Powerstar to identify the loading at both sites and to ascertain whether voltage optimisation could help to save money on energy costs and make a further contribution to reducing RACC’s carbon footprint.


THE SOLUTION
Powerstar reduces electricity consumption by lowering the incoming voltage to more efficiently meet the demands of the equipment on site. It works best on inductive loads – motors, lighting – rather than resistive loads.

For Richmond Adult Community College following a site survey the solution was to install a Powerstar 210kVA unit at two of its sites.

A key additional benefit of Powerstar is that it comes with an online monitoring and targeting tool. This enables the College to monitor its overall energy usage and take further steps to reduce consumption which can be as basic as simply turning off unnecessary lighting.


THE BUSINESS BENEFITS
Richmond Adult Community College is saving an average of 16% on electricity consumption following the installation of the Powerstar units.

RACC is not alone in finding out how Powerstar can help a College cut its energy bills and reduce its carbon footprint. In the past two years 13 Powerstar units have been installed in 11 Colleges from as far afield as Torquay to Perth.

Each Powerstar unit is built to meet the specific electrical loading characteristics of each College and load levels vary from 150kVA to 1000kVA. Powerstar is 100% British made which is an important consideration for some Colleges.


QUOTATION FROM CUSTOMER
"Our electricity usage has dropped on average by 16% since the installation of the voltage optimisation units. Overall we are very pleased with the service provided by EMSc / Powerstar."

Monika Quayle

Corporate Services Administrator, Richmond Adult Community College


Discussion Thread  

 


Related Categories

Clicking a category below will direct you to a list of related information

Skip Navigation Links.

EMSc UK Ltd Community



Related Items From Everyone


  1. Identify and assess the energy savings achieved across your estateOur Estate portfolio energy...

  2. This is the first in a series of articles that will talk about LED Lighting. In future articles...

    16 Feb 2012
  3. With limited natural resources at our disposal, we all have to be even more conscientious. The...

  4. NanoKTN & The Carbon Trust announce conference on emerging & clean technologies.

    19 Feb 2009



Go To Home

Resource Links

We're social: View Available Feeds Find out more! Leave us your feedback

RSS



We appreciate all feedback. Please leave as much or as little as you like about any aspect of this website.

If your message requires a response, please leave your email address.