A capital way to cut energy costs

Landmark location: A Powerstar voltage optimisation system has been installed at the Palace of Westminster.
Landmark location: A Powerstar voltage optimisation system has been installed at the Palace of Westminster.
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Energy saving technology specialist EMSc (UK) has completed prestigious contracts to cut costs at two top London landmarks.

The Rotherham firm has installed its award-winning Powerstar voltage optimisation systems at the Palace of Westminster and London City Hall, the futuristic headquarters designed by Lord Foster as the headquarters for London’s elected mayor and the Greater London Authority.

The two buildings are the latest in a series of installations at landmark locations which include the Welsh Assembly, the House of Keys – part of the Isle of Man parliament, the Western Australia Parliament and the London Stock Exchange.

Although City Hall opened only a decade ago and was designed to maximise energy efficiency, EMSc’s Powerstar technology is set to cut annual energy consumption by around 13.6 per cent by reducing the voltage supplied to electrical equipment to the levels at which it is designed to work.

Although modern equipment is designed to work at 230 volts, supplies can be significantly higher than that, wasting power and reducing the lifespan of the equipment, so EMSC’s technology has a double impact on cost.

EMSc managing director and Powerstar designer Dr Alex Mardapittas said: “The Greater London Authority has invested extensively in a range of measures to make buildings across London increasingly more energy efficient.

“The installation of Powerstar has added to these efforts and is helping cut these buildings’ carbon footprint and electricity consumption.

“As a company we pride ourselves on delivering an engineering solution that is individually tailored to suit the needs of each customer. With unrivalled results in energy savings and 100 per cent reliability for our Powerstar units in over 4,500 installations, we are proud to be helping the GLA to reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions.”

The UK designed and manufactured Powerstar range is exported worldwide to customers in countries that include Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Malta and South Africa.