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Nathan Richardson - Vickers Energy Group

Caterpillar reduce gas consumption by 44%

"Through using Vickers’ Energy Management System we have achieved a reduction in gas consumption of 44% and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 280 tonnes over a 12 month period"

Barbara Sadler, Environmental & HS Consultant

Energy saving at its best

With worldwide annual sales of almost £38 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction equipment, mining tools, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Serving customers in more than 180 countries their energy requirements are substantial and represent one of their biggest single controllable costs.

When the Caterpillar site in Wolverhampton approached Vickers their annual gas consumption was over 3 million kWh and their energy bills were rising. They needed an energy management system that could run their two buildings more cost effectively, while controlling a combination of Nordair Niche direct-fired warm air heaters, radiant tube heaters, Dravo indirect-fired warm air heaters, and central heating boilers.

The Vickers Effect

Following a full review of Caterpillar’s Wolverhampton operations, we installed a 13-zone Vickers Energy Management System which integrated with their existing equipment. We guaranteed to reduce energy consumption and costs by 20%. Over the first year of operation we more than doubled our estimated savings, delivering a 44% reduction in energy consumption, a cost saving of £35k. This was despite a very prolonged cold period during the winter when Caterpillar expected gas consumption to rise. In addition, carbon emissions were reduced by over 280 tonnes during the year making the facility more ‘green’ and environmentally friendly.

Wolverhampton is now one of five Caterpillar sites in the UK that use the Vickers Energy Management System.

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