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18-month payback on energy-efficiency measures possible for SMEs

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) could achieve return on investment within just one and a half years when implementing energy-efficiency measure, according to a recent study from financial solutions provider DLL.

The research was quoted in an Electrical Review article (‘Should ESOS be viewed as more than red tape but the prompt to a green future?’ - June 2016) that explained the need for businesses to see programmes such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) as pathways to saving money and a more efficient future rather than mandatory legislation.

The article highlights the fact that potential energy savings of up to 25 per cent can be put to use in other operational areas within SMEs, while savings will be magnified for larger businesses with multiple premises.

With fuel prices in the UK set to rise by 2020 according to government forecasts, SMEs are encouraged to get ahead of the game by implementing energy-efficiency measures now. The first place to target is commonly electric motor-driven processes such as conveyors, mixers, pumps, fans and compressors, as these account for around 60 per cent of the UK’s industrial energy consumption.

As well as upgrading electric motors and the driven equipment to the most energy-efficient models, users can add variable-speed drives (VSDs) to their process. These devices allow electric motor speed to be accurately controlled, meaning only the amount of energy required by the process at any given time is consumed. VSDs are perfect for applications such as conveyor systems within food and beverage production where different running speeds are required during various phases of the process.

Gibbons has been offering supply, installation and associated services for ABB drives for decades, and it’s this expertise that saw us become a founder member of the company’s Authorized Value Provider scheme. Being an AVP means we’re fully approved by ABB, so you can be confident you’re in safe hands.

To discuss saving energy in your process, speak to Drives Manager Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

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