‘Solar-powered turning’ with Qualiturn
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 and read 403 times
Qualiturn Products Ltd
can now offer customers ‘green’ turned parts produced using sustainable energy following the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at its new factory in Hertford. The company has installed 381 panels on the roof with the capacity to generate a maximum of 135kW of electricity.
Qualiturn managing director Nick Groom says that typical demand in the factory is around 120 to 140kW, so in ideal conditions, with the sun in the right position and no cloud cover, it could meet all the factory’s power needs in peak sun hours.
Mr Grooom says he was looking for green initiatives for his customers, and identified electricity consumption as being his major source of CO2
emissions and expenditure.
“Every kilowatt I generate is a saving and it is also good for the environment. If I am producing my own energy it means there is less need to burn fuel in power stations. That means greener turned parts with a lower carbon footprint and a greener supplier for customers to buy from.”
He says that in the first two weeks of installation the panels saved 1,221kg of CO2
, the equivalent of planting 56 trees. The money savings also allow Qualiturn to be a more-efficient and cost-effective supplier.
Mr Groom concluded: “We are obviously approaching winter now and on a cloudy day I may only be producing 23kW, but that is enough to keep one machine going. If you consume the electricity you produce yourself it is far more viable than selling it back to the grid. I have saved £860 in the first two weeks that the system was installed.
“Qualiturn customers can now purchase greener, low carbon sub-contract turned and milled components and we are helping them to purchase responsibly and helping them towards their own company environmental goals.”