Rayleigh manufacturing firm Thames Card Technology Ltd is the latest recipient of an EU grant from the Low Carbon Business programme. This was used to recover waste heat generated in the compressor room for heating warehouse space instead of industrial gas heaters.
“Why pay again for heating when we can use energy we’ve already pulled from the grid?” Gordon Barton
Pictured: Gordon Barton from Thames Card Technology Ltd proudly holding the Low Carbon Business plaque in front of their familiar frontage on the arterial road at Rayleigh Weir (excuse the scale Gordon! )
Thames Card Technology Ltd received funding towards a ventilation and heat recovery system for the warehouse, enabling them to harvest surplus heat generated by the motors of the site compressors in place of a number of gas-fired heaters. Given the media that is stored therein, this needs to always be kept at a reasonable ambient temperature.
The firm contacted the Low Carbon Business team where our Business Energy Advisor explored all options available to them on site. It was apparent that, with a little investment the return on investment story would be good enough to proceed. Thames Card Technology Ltd applied for a carbon reduction ERDF grant from the Low Carbon Business programme for assistance towards the cost of this work (designed and installed by local firm Hawkes Refrigeration Engineers Ltd).
Thames Card Technology Ltd was successful in their grant application given the potential economic and environmental benefits and received 30% towards the costs.The firm is now looking at a reduction of 20.5 tonnes of CO2 and £3,600 in heating per annum though the project has already exceeded these expectations, delivering closer to £5.5K! Gordon and his directors will now be looking to reinvest these savings into other interventions also suggested such as LED panels and heat pumps.