With our knowledge of critical power, cooling solutions, infrastructure and power monitoring and our technical understanding of building standards for the data centre industry, we are best placed to deliver on refurbishment or new build projects, providing true turnkey options; on walls, floors, ceilings, sub-structure and super-structure. We use our expertise to provide the correct solutions with the optimum return on investment in mind at all times.
We have over 20 years of operation, gained a healthy respect from our peers, customers and suppliers of delivering engineering services to a broad spectrum of industries, institutions and authorities, including environmental engineering, offsite manufacture, rail, IT and facilities services.
Our focus is led by the drive to keep costs down and quality up, which are key requirements to our customers and why they engage with us early in the project concept allowing our design and technical employees to use innovative techniques that normal procurement routes exclude.
We understand that IT infrastructure is critical to every business, especially when it is your business and therefore design and build systems, that have dual redundancies, as well as investing heavily in temporary and mobile equipment.
Finally, we believe that to continue to grow the relationship with our customers, it should always be with integrity, being part of their team, and at the heart of their business.
FEL Group Energy Optimisation is an initiative to draw upon our extensive range of Energy Reduction Measures whilst remaining within the confines of the customers Design and Build standards. The corporate programme tackles the feasibility, design and delivery of energy performance improvements in existing technical facilities throughout the entire UK. The key stage programme is as follows:
Recent trials suggest that the programme can improve overall site performance by 25%. These trials have shown there is reasonable room for improvement by way of cooling energy systems optimisation. Therefore, we can reduce the amount of energy we consume by dealing more efficiently with the network service by-product, heat.
Optimising energy performance
International television & telecommunications company
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Seasonal Site PUE Post Project
Predicted Annual Savings
There are typically numerous challenges faced with implementing any optimisation programme.
Our process begins with surveying the whole facility, identifying the key rooms that can benefit from optimisation but then applying a logistical view against the potential impact of implementation to critical infrastructure.
The key step is to mitigate and ensure that all our initiatives meet stringent risk assessments that will prevent failure of any equipment. Maximising the balance between minimum spend for maximum return, customer timescales for delivering projects realising most of these are time critical, and finally taking a view on Life Cycle, noting the age and condition of the equipment to safeguard the ROI.
The main objective of this project was to reduce mechanical cooling running times and therefore maximise energy savings. The existing cooling on the site was in good condition, although utilisation was less than 50%. The site features 8no. Weatherite VMR15 fresh air DX AHUs, within the technical space providing N+1 cooling to the room.
A comprehensive matrix of Energy Performance Improvements was highlighted for this site.
The adopted measures to achieve our target were:
The existing site Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) before the implementation of the programme was measured and calculated as 1.77
The seasonal PUE post project was completed became 1.65
Predicted savings for this project were £2,173/month.
Actual first month savings were £2,827/month. (30% higher than seasonal prediction)
The overall predicted savings for the first year is tracking at £24,037. (seasonal adjustment for Free Cooling potential taken into account)
This gives an ROI for the project of 3.3 years.