Gas Power to the People

Gas Power to the People

A number of UK businesses are suffering from the high price of fixed energy tariffs made back in September 2008, with many paying over 50 per cent above the current market rate. Aggreko, the world leader in temporary power and temperature control solutions, believes that alternative sources of energy, such as gas powered generators, could provide cheaper, more flexible electricity.

Businesses that use at least 1 MW of continuous power, have access to an industrial scale gas supply and are paying over 6p/kWhr for their electricity could be making significant savings on their current tariffs. Aggreko has recently installed natural gas powered generators in a UK manufacturing business, which has confirmed savings of up to 50 per cent on their fixed tariff. The company is in advanced discussions with several other companies to offer the same service and the sectors that could most benefit from switching to gas generators include food processing companies, steel, quarrying, shipping and healthcare.

Another benefit of the Aggreko power solution is the facility that allows the customer to use heat generated by Aggreko’s natural gas powered units, to produce hot water for the customers’ own CHP units. This can be vital in many processing environments in creating added saving for the customer. This facility supports combined heat and power (CHP) strategies, without the need for long term capital investment in new plant.

Jeff Short, Central area sales manager at Aggreko, said: “A number of high volume energy users were caught out in September 2008, by signing up for fixed rate electricity contracts, some of which are as high as 12p/kWhr. These users urgently need to explore alternative power sources, as the savings could amount to many hundreds of thousands of pounds per year.”

Aggreko’s gas generators can operate in most industrial environments. Although each set produces 1.1 MW, they can be operated in parallel to produce up to 100 MW if required, thus making them ideal for a wide range of operations.

“Traditionally, plant engineers were wary of using gas generators due to their servicing and maintenance needs,” said Short. “As our solution is based on rental agreements for a minimum of three months, there is no major capital investment required. All of the servicing and maintenance is managed by Aggreko as part of the rental package. This makes our gas generators an attractive and flexible alternative to high-fixed-cost energy sources. There is no investment needed in buildings as the generators are housed in freestanding, waterproof ISO containers.”

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