Wednesday, September 28, 2011

News: Powerstar working to help farmers save


Rotherham-based EMSc UK Ltd, the market leading manufacturer of the world's most efficient voltage optimisation system, Powerstar, is working together with farmers across the Yorkshire and Humber region to help them benefit from grants of up to £25,000.

Farmers within the Yorkshire and Humber region can apply for the grants to invest in energy efficient equipment - including energy saving voltage optimisation units - which will assist in the reduction of electricity costs and their carbon footprint.

Based at Templeborough, the Powerstar system is the only voltage optimisation system wholly designed and manufactured in the UK and works by reducing the the voltage supplied by the National Grid.

The second round of funding, which was launched in August, comes from the Rural Development Programme for England, and is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union. Farmers can apply through CO2Sense, the not-for-profit environmental consultancy that helps businesses, including farms, cut their carbon emissions and grow.

Dr Alex Mardapittas, managing director at EMSc UK Ltd, said: "The funding provides a great investment opportunity for farmers. Voltage optimisation is a cost effective solution that allows users to quickly make tangible savings on energy consumption. With payback from Powerstar typically between 0.8 and 3 years it is also a commercially sound investment."

Thirteen farms received funding in the first round, and are now saving around £80,500 and over 300 tonnes of CO2 from the new equipment.

EMSc Ltd website
CO2Sense website


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