About the Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Calderstones NHS gained its ‘Foundation Trust’ status in 1993, which allows it a larger degree of independence from both the Department of Health and the local NHS Strategic Health Authority than other NHS trusts. It is also classed as a NHS Mental Health Trust, providing specialist care and services for those with learning disabilities.
How powerPerfector were able to help the Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
After the Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust sent its annual electricity consumption details, it was possible to give a provisional quote for a powerPerfector unit and the energy savings that would be expected. A voltage logger was then sent for one week, which recorded the voltage level in the building by connecting to it in to a regular mains socket. After a survey of the site by a powerPerfector Approved Contractor, the installation took place. There was no noticeable change to the operation of the building, although continuous carbon savings were instantly being made every day at the site. 10 weeks after the installation the electricity consumption was analysed to find a reduction of 11.2%, equating to annual carbon dioxide emissions saving of 98,400 kg.
Getting the source right
powerPerfector is the world’s only Voltage Power Optimiser, giving energy, carbon and cost savings by efficiently optimising a site’s supply voltage. By optimising the voltage, electrical equipment runs more efficiently and consumes less energy. The declared electricity supply in the United Kingdom is now, as a result of European Harmonisation, 230V with a tolerance of +10% to ‐10%. This means that effective voltage can be anywhere between 207V and 253V depending on local conditions. Most electrical equipment manufactured for Europe and the UK is rated at 220V and operates more efficiently at this level. Forcing appliances to operate at a higher voltage in the UK (242V is the average supply level) leads to significantly higher energy consumption, increased heat losses and a reduced life span. Optimising voltage with powerPerfector brings your supply voltage to the “higher efficiency” operating range of your equipment. Without this, the ‘raw’ supply voltage to your site is likely to be at the top end of the range of voltages your electrical equipment can tolerate. As well as reducing energy consumption, this reduces the strain on your equipment, extending its lifespan according to many of our clients. It is estimated that 90% of sites in the UK are operating at too high a voltage and could therefore benefit from installing a powerPerfector.