SAV’s LoadTracker CHP selected for Castleoak
SAV Systems has supplied LoadTracker combined heat and power (CHP) units to Castleoak for fifteen care home projects. As well as facilitating compliance with Building Regulations, the LoadTracker units modulate to maximise run-times and therefore also maximise cost and environmental benefits.
Castleoak is a leading name in the development, design and construction of quality care homes, assisted living apartments, care villages and retirement living. Its customers include leading care and retirement living operators across the UK. The company has a strong commitment to sustainable development and places great emphasis on the energy-efficient performance of its projects.
“The ability of SAV’s LoadTracker units to modulate instantaneously is of paramount importance in ensuring efficient performance,” explained Alan Kaye, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer with Castleoak. “It enables the system to track site electrical demand and vary output accordingly, so that the electricity generated never exceeds demand. In contrast, units with a fixed output simply switch off when electrical loads are lower than their capacity, resulting in increased use of expensive mains electricity and back-up heat sources,” he added.
“The other key reason for choosing SAV was the quality of the products and the support that goes with them. Rather than just selling a box, they provide comprehensive support, which includes training the staff at the care homes so they understand how to respond to any alerts from the system,” he continued.
On an ongoing basis, each LoadTracker CHP unit is remotely monitored by SAV Systems, gathering information on key metrics such as run-times, which can be accessed by building operators via a secure web portal. The system also provides diagnostics of any faults so that the appropriate corrective action can be relayed to staff on site.
SAV’s LoadTracker CHP range spans outputs from 2.5-6kWe/8-13.5kWth to 10-100kWe/25-200kWth and all units are able to modulate down to 40-50% of their maximum output. Units can be combined in cascade configuration to meet a wide range of requirements.
On Castleoak’s development and construction projects the LoadTracker units used are XRGI 6 (2.5 – 6kWe/8-13.5kWth) and XRGI 9 (4- 9kWe/12-20kWth) models.
Cedrus House care home (pictured) in Stowmarket, Suffolk was designed and built by Castleoak for Care UK and was completed in 2015. It’s just one of 15 care home projects where SAV Systems has supplied Castleoak with combined heat and power units.