D2 Energy Efficiency Case Studies

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Examples of businesses which have been awarded grants under the D2 Energy Efficiency project are shown below:

Efficient LED lighting for Penny Hydraulics

penny hydraulics worker smaller photo for main case studies pagePenny Hydraulics used a grant of £15,000 to install LED lighting across their site. This work is likely to halve their lighting cost and has brought a real improvement to working conditions in the factory.

I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved,” said Ashley Holmes, Finance Director. “In particular paint spraying and assembly has been made much easier and better due to the incredible improvement in light quality. The fact that there is also a large cost saving is a real bonus. The grant application went very smoothly and we were really happy to get the grant.”

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Sun's energy saves business running costs

Sumed solar panels‌Sumed International (UK) Ltd is a healthcare manufacturing business supplying products and services to help heal and maintain healthy skin. The company achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Systems accreditation last year and is constantly looking for ways to improve their carbon footprint.

Based in Hadfield, Glossop, Sumed International received a grant of £14,375 towards the cost of installing a 24kWp solar panel system, which has the potential to save the company over £2,500 per year in electricity costs.

"The D2 Energy Efficiency grant helped us to invest in banks of solar panels on the factory roof which will not only improve our environmental performance, but significantly reduce our energy costs. The D2EE team were very professional and helped us get things right,” says Mr Collyer. “I’d urge any businesses looking to reduce their energy bills to contact them.”

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Cutting-edge LED lighting cuts costs

tidyco warehouse case study photoTidyco is a Derby-based small business which manufactures and supplies Parker hydraulic and pneumatic components. In total, the company has invested £16,000 in the lighting upgrade, with two 50% match funded grants over three years from Derby City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Each year, this investment will save Tidyco at least £4,000 and twelve tonnes of carbon emissions.

Tidyco has worked with Gemma Sylva and her D2 Energy Efficiency team at Derby City Council to improve our lighting and save on electrical costs while helping to also reduce our carbon footprint. The whole process from application to the completion of the project was quick and easy. Tidyco has a more efficient lighting system using 60% less energy so it’s win-win all round.” Philip Mason, Production Director.

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The following examples are based on the BESPOKE project (2011-14) in Derby City and further demonstrate the scope of work that can be funded:

Insulated shutter door helps Aquaclean reduce draughts

Aquaclean roller shutter doorAquaclean Industrial Ltd received a grant of £4,130 towards the installation of an insulated roller shutter door and 9 LED strip and hi-bay lights. These measures saved £628 and two tonnes of carbon per year.

‌The company also chose to follow up on further energy audit recommendations to clean their skylights (reducing the need for lighting due to more natural light entering the building), and replace a propane gas heater with an electric radiant heater.

Waste to fuel

Baldwin and Moore wood burnerBaldwin & Moore Ltd received a grant of £4,032 towards the purchase and installation of a hand-fed wood burner. This wood burner has the added benefit of using the business’ waste wood as fuel. The wood burner replaces the need for kerosene and electric heating, and also provides extra heat for paint drying.

The wood burner will save £2,365 in energy costs per year, while reducing waste and heating the premises.

Other grants:

  • New air compressor with a lower noise level and saving £803 in first year
  • Heat pump system to cool and heat a warehouse

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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