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Promoting retrofit savings potential

baes_156171-typhoonUK: The huge energy savings available by implementing component and controls upgrades to legacy facilities will be a subject for discussion at next week’s Energy Event at the NEC.

British cooling expert Airedale International will present a case study on its involvement with a recent year-long retrofit programme at BAE Systems’ Warton, UK site which has returned annual energy savings of 70-80% on computer room air conditioning. With savings of £350,000 per annum, a payback of fewer than 15 months is expected. The large-scale programme of component upgrades, controls integration and system refinements has also enabled BAE Systems to maximise resilience of its installation where critical testing and production of combat and training aircraft is carried out.

The presentation will be delivered by Jon Farmer, energy manager, BAE Systems – Military Air & Information (MAI) and Adrian Trevelyan, Airedale International’s UK aftersales manager.

Commenting on the increased demand in retrofit work being undertaken by Airedale, Adrian said: “The efficiency savings resulting from a retrofit programme can be substantial, with surprisingly rapid returns on investment. Normally you would expect a payback of 24-30 months on a project of this type but with BAE Systems we achieved this within just 15 months. We’re increasingly dealing with very savvy energy managers tasked with achieving challenging energy performance objectives. In many cases, the easy wins have already been made so they need more of a ‘solutions’ partner who can work with them on a long-term basis rather than provide a quick fix.”

For more information about the event which attracts around 7,000 energy and utilities procurement professionals each year, visit the Energy Event website.

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