To reduce the client’s utility consumption and carbon footprint by matching their site load profile to a suitable sized combined heat and power unit. Our solution was an energy-efficient, reliable, cost-effective way of reducing operating costs while saving money on maintenance needs in the future.

Background to the Client

There are many companies out there, but none of them tops Beam Suntory when it comes to producing some of the world’s most famous liquors. They’re a company that focuses on sustainability practices, they are striving to reduce their carbon footprint by 50% across the entire business by 2040.

Beam Suntory is committed not only to manufacturing great liquor products like Jim Beam Bourbon or Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, but also reducing greenhouse gases in an environmentally friendly way. This commitment shows just how forward-thinking this corporation really is!

Who Was Involved

The Hevac team of Technical support quickly got to work after being contacted by the clients `Environmental and Sustainability Engineer`. They took the clients brief into account and analyzed it thoroughly and produced a solution that would be both practical, as well as economical for their needs.

The Problems and How You Tackled Them

  • The hydraulics of the plant’s heating system were reviewed for compatibility. The review was conducted in order to ensure that the system would be able to provide adequate heat during the winter months, and it showed that there is a need for further investigation before proceeding with the installation.
  • The first step was to review information on their business and operations, and then take a site visit with them in order to gather more knowledge of potential obstacles or problems they may experience as well as any goals they have in mind.
  • After reviewing the existing flow and return temps, we discovered that there were problems with water quality. Our Engineering department helped us review an old design and compare it with new requirements before deciding on necessary modifications.
  • We discussed how we would program the integration without any disruptions to production. We considered programming an efficient and continuous system that will not have a negative effect on the business or interruptions for their customers.
  • We also reviewed the overall controls on whether the CHP was a stage one heating or if it had gone into stage two heating and needed adjustments to suit.
  • We inspected the power connections and fuse protection, ensuring that everything was in good order.
  • We provided support for the clients’ G99 application for grid connection.
  • The next stage consisted of developing an understanding of what each party involved needs from this process.
  • We provided support for the client’s preferred installer on mechanical and electrical issues.

Outcomes and Impact

A high efficiency 50 kWe Energimizer CHP was installed and one year later, we’re happy to say the client saved 133548kg of CO2 and cut their energy costs by £40K.

Next Steps

The best way to ensure we help our clients achieve their goals is by having a maintenance plan in place. We are also available 24/7 for remote monitoring and just as important, they will receive another site review once the current one expires.

Further Information

Beam Suntory’s Environmental and sustainability engineer, Alistair Leckenby, has been working with organizations to improve their environmental impact since 2013. He has experience designing low carbon buildings for the Scottish government’s housing plus renovation programme.

Key Learning Points

We had comfort in the knowledge of technical support at every step of the process. Their commitment to understanding the client’s needs and their helpful assistance ensures not just that you can install what is needed, but also achieve a system efficiency that is tailored for each customer’s needs.