Vickers Energy Group has helped First ScotRail to reduce its energy bills by 38%, saving almost £300,000 following the installation of its award winning energy management systems at two depots.
The first system was installed at Inverness depot in 2012 and within 12 months led to a reduction in energy use of more than 27% or 133,685 litres – savings equating to around £95,000.
Total energy savings since the system was installed now stand at 1,869,178 kWh, which equates to more than £125,000.
The installation of the Vickers system is part of ScotRail’s drive to reduce its energy consumption. The Inverness site has two oil-fired boilers and six oil fed suspended warm air heaters, feeding 14 thermoiler fan heaters. The system was fitted to the heating system controls in a bid to drive down oil usage at the depot.
To reduce energy consumption, the Vickers system is interlinked with the heater and 10 external doors. If the doors are opened, the heater will switch off until they are closed again.
Following the savings made at Inverness, a second installation at Shields depot in Glasgow took place in August 2013. The Vickers system is connected to the six warm air heaters and a large boiler, which are all fed by oil. The first year of installation saw a reduction of 30% in energy use – more than 97,752 litres or £70,088.
David Hilton, Managing Director at Vickers, said: “As energy prices rise and the pressure on businesses to reduce their carbon footprint increases, many companies are looking for real solutions. We’ve been working with ScotRail since 2012 and are happy to report that we have beaten our guaranteed savings of 20% at both sites. We look forward to delivering even more savings in the future.”
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s Managing Director, said: “This is an exciting project as part of our ongoing efforts to further enhance our environmental performance.
“By introducing the energy management systems at Inverness and Shields depots, we are reducing our energy consumption, carbon emissions and costs.”