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Sapcote Engineering Limited

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Date of Installation: July 10, 2017

Sapcote Engineering Limited is an engineering company based in Broughton Astley. They specialise in Food Industry Application, Conveyoring and Bespoke Designed Machinery.

Sapcote Engineering Ltd contacted Green BELLE as they were keen to further increase the energy efficiency of their building in addition to the work that had already been done.

Sapcote Engineering applied to Green BELLE to increase the efficiency of the lighting. During the site visit, it was highlighted that the factory heating could also be upgraded through Green BELLE.

The lighting project consisted of replacing 400W metal halide and sodium high bay lighting with 200W high bay LED lighting. It is predicted that a 61% reduction of energy will be achieved by replacing these lights, due to the reduced Watts and the increased efficiency of the lights. Employees conduct very detailed work in the factory, and as the LEDs have a daylight quality, this has greatly improved the working environment.

Green BELLE was also used to upgrade a 30 and 20 year old gas blower, and increasing the efficiency from 75% and 80%, to 92% efficient. Destratification fans were also installed to prevent heat loss to the ceiling. These fans will increase the efficiency by a further 20%.

A Green BELLE grant of £6,521.78 was awarded to install energy efficient lighting, heating and destratification fans. This grant was 50% of the total project cost.

A previous project was undertaken at Sapcote Engineering with the Manufacturing Advisory Service to install LED lighting in the offices and the low bay lighting in the factory, which is predicted to save 80% on lighting energy usage and cost. Solar PV has also been installed on the roof of Sapcote Engineering, therefore providing renewable energy and reducing the energy required from the national grid.

With a Green BELLE grant, Sapcote Engineering improved their working environment, increased their efficiency which in turn is reducing energy usage, energy costs and CO2 emissions.