The power to cut energy bills

Dr Alex Mardipittas, founder and managing director of EMSc. Picture Steve Parkin
Dr Alex Mardipittas, founder and managing director of EMSc. Picture Steve Parkin
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Energy-saving Rotherham firm EMSc is helping leading hospitality group Whitbread to cut energy bills at hotels and restaurants across the country.

EMSc has installed its Powerstar voltage optimisation technology at 25 Whitbread sites, chosen especially because of their differing energy consumption profiles.

The Sheffield Road firm worked closely with Whitbread to understand its energy- and carbon-reduction strategy and the specific requirements of each individual location, to develop maintenance-free, electricity-saving equipment, tailored to each location.

Early results from the hotels and restaurants have shown installations at a number of large hotels have outperformed the guaranteed minimum levels of cost savings predicted by EMSc and energy savings as high as 18 per cent.

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants’ head of energy and environment Chris George, said: “Smart investment in new technologies is a key part of our Good Together strategy. It helps us to reduce the amount of energy we consume, cut carbon emissions and conserve natural resources to make sure we are doing more for less.” Mr George praised the Rotherham firm for being professional, proactive and ensuring minimum disturbance for hotel guests when installing its technology.

EMSc’s managing director, Dr Alex Mardapittas, said: “We are very much looking forward to developing a long- term relationship with Whitbread. The company operates some of the UK’s most successful, much-loved hospitality brands, including Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Taybarns.”

Powerstar is the only voltage optimisation system designed and manufactured in the UK and works by reducing the voltage supplied to equipment from an average of 242 volts to 230 volts – the level at which motors and other rotating equipment are designed to work.

Each Powerstar system is custom wound to match the requirements of an individual site and not only cuts power consumption but also helps to ensure equipment – ranging from industrial plant to light bulbs – works more efficiently and lasts longer because the power supply is at its optimum voltage.