During the Autumn of 2016, with energy costs escalating and long term business objectives to reduce their carbon footprint, Bridgewood began to look at ways of lowering energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions.

Bridgewood’s modern 100,000ft2 manufacturing facility located in Hessle near Hull houses a range of modern vacuum forming and 5 axis CNC trimming machinery, along with composite plastic moulding and PU reinforcement facilities.

The challenge

With a full production schedule and two incoming supplies, the challenge for chosen supplier Powerstar working with the Bridgewood facilities team, was to ensure the survey and installation was planned, timed and executed with as little disruption as possible.

The solution

Following a site survey and data logging it was found the two supplies were delivering the facility an average high voltage of around 250V. Due to the incoming voltages being high but relatively stable, Powerstar recommended the installation of two 1000kVA fixed voltage optimisation systems. These reduced the voltage by 20V and 27.5V respectively.

Savings and benefits

Following installation, Bridgewood have recorded a 15% drop in kWh consumption. This equates to saving around 175 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Nabiel Khan, Financial Director at Bridgewood UK commented…

“Powerstar voltage optimisation offers a great solution and we are achieving higher than expected savings.”