SSE Enterprise’s Distributed Energy business is set to boost internal air quality in mechanically ventilated buildings with the help of a proven technology that utilises the principle of bipolar ionisation.
Independent studies have highlighted that bipolar ionisation can markedly decrease the concentration of contaminants in indoor air, lowering the risk of respiratory infections and creating a far healthier breathing experience.
As we enter a difficult winter period and economies are looking forward to a post-pandemic recovery, the need to reassure workers of a safer working environment is crucial, particularly at a time when flu outbreaks may become common.
SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy business has secured an exclusivity deal covering the UK and Ireland to sell and install the product range offered by Swiss company, ionair®, into buildings, such as offices, airports, shopping malls, care homes, hotels, sports facilities and more.
Poor internal air quality (IAQ) is strongly correlated with low productivity, allergies and general illness. More seriously, chronic exposure to airborne pollutants is linked to respiratory diseases like flu, asthma and lung cancer. Furthermore, evidence is emerging that persistently low air quality is associated with increased risk of dementia.
Kostas Papadopoulos, Head of Smart Cities Solutions Development at SSE Enterprise, said: “We have decided to back this tried and tested technology, working with a high quality manufacturer, not only because we truly believe that it is superior to all other air purification options currently on offer, but also because the pilot installation in one of our offices in England has demonstrated a dramatic improvement across several air quality metrics.”
“We are approaching that time of year where coughs and colds begin to surface, so we want to help our customers reduce the risk of infection in their buildings. It is important that any return to work is as safe as possible. We want this technology to provide reassurance to businesses and their employees that they are working in a healthier indoor environment, known to improve well-being, productivity and comfort.”
ionair’s® air quality system has shown to reduce odours by around 50%, germs, bacteria, fungi and pollen by more than 95%, fine particles by 30% to 50%, and several other airborne pathogens by more than 90%.
It can be easily retrofitted into a building’s existing air handling unit, continuously monitoring and improving air quality. It is also cost-effective, requiring very low maintenance. Complementing SSE’s Mayflower Smart City Platform, SSE can offer a fully funded solution which can combine significant air quality improvements with a suite of smart building options.
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SSE Enterprise Utilities (becoming SSE Energy Solutions) are delighted to be working with Mountpark Logistics in the provision of energy infrastructure for the Bristol XL development in Avonmouth, Bristol.
Mountpark Bristol XL is a new 1.3m sq. ft. industrial/logistics development situated at the gateway to the South West. The site has the ability to provide a single unit of up to 1m sq. ft and is situated in a prime distribution location adjacent to the established Central Park area of Avonmouth, 10 miles to the North West of Bristol City Centre. It will benefit from new electricity infrastructure with a capacity of up to 8MVA.
We have developed a power solution to meet the demands of the development. The network and assets will be adopted by SSE Enterprise’s IDNO business Forbury Assets Limited.
“Bristol XL is another significant project in the Industrial & Logistics sector, a core area for our business, and we are proud to be supporting Mountpark in bringing this prime development to life” explains Noel Powell, Senior Business Development Manager, “Whilst initially focused on providing the electricity network to the development, we see this as a foundation to introduce wider distributed energy solutions in line with our strategy of supporting net zero and long-term investment in energy infrastructure.”
A North London bus garage is set to become a ‘virtual power station’, generating electricity from buses when not in use. Following a transformation to garage nearly 100 new zero-emission electric buses, Northumberland Park is now one of the biggest electric bus facilities in Europe. The project, called Bus2Grid, is believed to be the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial site.
V2G technology enables energy stored in an electric vehicle’s battery to be fed back into the electricity network. By recharging when demand is low and putting energy into the grid when it is high, V2G helps manage the peaks and troughs, balance the network and make it more efficient.
If the entire London bus fleet of around 9,000 vehicles were to be converted with the technology being used in the Bus2Grid project, it could theoretically provide enough energy to supply more than 150,000 homes.
Energy solutions provider, SSE Enterprise has signed a joint development agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London to design and deliver a low carbon campus infrastructure in pursuit of the university’s ambitious net zero targets.
The project will see SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy division look to consolidate all of Goldsmiths’ significant energy consuming buildings onto a centralised campus-wide heat and power network. It is estimated that the first phase of the project will save the institution an average of 1,375 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent annual energy use of 144 homes.
The project has a core focus to reduce the carbon emissions associated with heat, as the university pledges to become completely carbon neutral by 2025. The system will heat the buildings using a low-carbon heat pump, removing the majority of gas consumption on site and saving up to 7,850 MWh of gas usage per year.
By integrating all power onto a single private network, the university will be able to use a much higher proportion of any onsite renewables, without the risk of exporting that electricity onto the grid. The new power system will expand on the university’s existing solar resources, installing a further 400kW of solar PV into the new private network, which will then be used to supply the heat pump, further reducing carbon emissions on site.
Giles Newton, Head of Public Sector & Regulated Markets at SSE Enterprise, said: “By bringing the whole campus onto a centralised system, we are able to integrate more renewable generation into its buildings without having to upgrade each one individually. While previous projects of this kind have focused on single technology solutions, we have chosen to adopt a whole systems approach. Integrating the entire system enables Goldsmiths to closely manage its carbon emissions and future proof the campus for renewable efficiency.”
Everton Williams, Deputy Director Estates at Goldsmiths, added: “The global climate crisis is a growing threat and one that we must target head on. The technologies and experience available to support organisations such as ourselves has developed exponentially in recent years and it’s vital that we harness these solutions now to create a more green and sustainable future.
“We are excited to begin this journey with SSE Enterprise as they support us in our goals to deliver our PLAN25 strategy and achieve a completely carbon neutral campus by 2025. We have already made significant strides in this area with our investment in solar PV panels, but this new partnership will see us fully embracing a ‘whole systems’ approach by adopting and integrating other low-carbon technologies.”
SSE Enterprise have already designed a concept for the system and are currently supporting Goldsmiths with applications for grant funding to enable the construction of the network and potentially the long-term operation of the system over a 25-year period. The 1MWth heat pump set to be installed will supply 6,500 MWh of low carbon heat to the site every year.
SSE has been confirmed as a major partner for this year’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. SSE Group aims to deliver a £7.5bn low carbon investment programme, developing some of the assets and infrastructure required for the UK to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.