The project that will see the company pulling zero electricity from the power grid. as part of its continued commitment to reducing the business’ carbon footprint.
Craig Thomson, finance director at Airedale Chemical, explains: “We expect to save around £25,000 a year on energy bills with an overall saving of £800,000 forecast for the next 25 years. While the project has been a great way for us to cut down our overheads, it also forms part of our strategy to minimise our carbon footprint and the impact on our environment. “The majority of energy generated by the solar panels will be used in our production facility where we operate mixing and reacting vessels continuously during our working week.”
The project took around 18 months from inception to completion including delays caused by Covid. The works were carried out by Custom Solar, which has worked on installations for commercial, public sector and infrastructure clients including Porsche, Cambridge University Press and ABP Port of Goole. Not every option suits all laundries, and as we’ve seen they choose different routes to reach their sustainable goals. Aware of the environmental burden the industry puts on the planet, Rona Tait at TDS in Isleworth, West London wanted to make her laundry as sustainable as possible. Having heard about the use of ozone in washing machines, her four machines were set up to run with the new system, Speed O, from laundry specialist Christeyns in April 2019, processing around 25,000 kilos of laundry per week when in operation.
Tait says: “We now wash in cold water for most items, our wash times have reduced from 45 to 30 mins and we can process 80 loads per day instead of 70. In addition, our water and energy bills have reduced significantly but the quality of the finished item is still high.” Tait also plans to switch from drycleaning to Christeyns wetcleaning and will be converting the fleet of vans to electric-hybrid fuel later in the year. “Customers want a clear conscience. For a hotel property, sustainability helps them win business,” she says.
In 2019 a Heat-ex Energo and water management system was installed by Christeyns at Imperial Linen Services, Mansfield. The energy saving unit recovers heat from wastewater and transfers it into incoming fresh water, saving on average 50 per cent on energy usage in the wash process. The heated water is used for warm rinsing. Anticipated annual savings include total water saving of over 12,000m3 per annum, a total energy saving of 1550 MWh per annum with a carbon reduction of 295 tonnes per annum. To date the Heat-ex Energo has saved over £15k for Imperial. In early 2020 Swiss Laundry launched their new laundry plant in Papworth, Cambridge (Camplings), following a £6m investment. Christeyns provided equipment including Flux Multi and Flux Star auto-dosing units, and Laundry X-Pert, advanced laundry management information software. Alongside high tech water and energy handling equipment this has allowed them to run a zero steam laundry where both water and energy are recycled.
At Laundry Efficiency Ltd their new Wash and Protect product ensures linen is bacteria and virus free for up to 90 days when used in conjunction with their laundry ozone system. Priory Laundry in Worcester was the first laundry in the country to purchase the full system and use the new range of chemicals. Having seen the benefits they are now installing the process at their Cardiff premises.
Graham Oakley from Laundry Efficiency is delighted, equally so by his business having recently won the Breaking the Mould award at Keele University for innovation in computer software. This has been designed to work out the savings for a commercial laundry automatically not only in chemistry and utility bills but in reducing plastics carbon emissions – and even works out the carbon emission savings for your customers.