Mersey Care NHS makes 18% energy savings with Powerstar

The Powerstar voltage optimisation system

Energy saving, voltage optimisation solutions provider EMSc Powerstar, is pleased to announce that Mersey Care NHS Trust is amongst the latest Care Trusts to have installed Powerstar, with installations including Ashworth, Mossley and Rathbone Hospitals along with Scott Clinic.
Total savings across the sites have reached an average 18% on annual energy consumption. At Rathbone Hospital annual kWh savings are 65,796, the equivalent of £6,974, whilst Scott Clinic has benefited from annual kWh savings of 51,573 kWh, or £5,446.
With limited budgets and the impending launch of the Carbon Reduction Commitment, combined with new emerging healthcare policies, NHS executives are seeking reliable, proven energy saving technologies that can not only help reduce carbon emissions, but can also make significant savings on energy consumption. As a result a growing number of NHS Trusts are turning to Powerstar, an entirely British made voltage optimisation system, not only for it’s ability to reduce energy consumption, but also to improve the life expectancy of on-site equipment as well as reduce maintenance costs.
Voltage optimisation is a recognised technology that is particularly relevant in the UK, as power supplied by the National Grid exceeds the recommended operating voltages for much of the plant, machinery and equipment used. The Powerstar voltage optimisation system cuts energy use by controlling the incoming voltage so that it more accurately meets the specifications of equipment on site.

Mark O’Grady, managing director of MITIE Engineering Maintenance, the facility management company used by Mersey Care NHS trust for the Powerstar installations commented:

“We would highly recommend Powerstar voltage optimisation systems. The Powerstar installations at the Mersey Care NHS Trust have achieved an 18% saving on total electricity consumption.”

As the UK faces worsening power quality issues with harmonic, transient, power factor and phase balancing issues, voltage optimising is emerging as one of the most secure technologies for NHS sites to adopt as part of their sustainability strategies.

Terry Shemwell, Powerstar Consultant to Local Authorities and the NHS commented:

“The NHS has highlighted its commitment to cutting carbon emissions and meeting the government’s targets to cutting emissions by 80%, by 2050. Solutions such as Powerstar are allowing trusts to not only achieve these targets but plough back money saved into improved patient care and services.”

About Powerstar:

Payback period is typically between 0.8 and 2.5 years

Can save up to 26.1% of electricity consumption

Is fully designed and manufactured in the UK. All Powerstar components, including even minor items such as the paint, are sourced from UK manufacturers. The Powerstar design and any associated software are designed by EMSc UK Limited

Requires no maintenance and has a 15 year warranty

Is an approved energy savings system and may qualify for an interest-free Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust

Comes with guaranteed savings

Will improve the life expectancy of electrical equipment.

Will improve the power quality (reduce harmonics and improve the power factor)

Has the highest efficiency and provides better savings than any other voltage optimisation system sold in the UK. This has been proven in independent tests (on the same load and same voltage reduction), head to head with similar competitive systems. In these tests Powerstar achieved:
Significantly higher energy savings (up to 13% more)
Reduced harmonics by 88% more than competitive systems
Running significantly cooler than competitive systems. (While Powerstar operated at normal ambient temperatures, competitive systems were operating at nearly 70°C).

The EMS team has over 150 years combined experience in designing and manufacturing special transformers and the Powerstar design is a direct result of this experience.

2010 – Winners of the Yorkshire Forward Innovator/10: Innovation in Action Award
2006 – Winners of the CARE4AIR AWARD

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