Renewable Energy for Business - A Winning Partnership using Biofuel Generators
In 2019, business sector emissions were estimated to be 64.7 Mt and accounted for c18% of all carbon dioxide emissions. One way that UK businesses can make the transition to a zero-carbon economy is by setting emissions reduction targets. One pioneering UK national retailer has already begun to generate its own renewable energy by working with The Talick Group.
Renewable energy refers to any form of energy that’s not finite – so everything from hydro, air-sourced heat, ground-sourced heat, wind and solar to biofuel generators. Talick are a relatively small player in the energy sector compared with the UK energy giants and are proud of the advancements they are making. Talick have won a series of contracts, installing nine renewable power biofuel generators in warehouse and distribution sites across the UK.
The design and installation of all their energy systems are under a straightforward Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) framework whereby clients simply pay for the energy that they use. Talick fund and supply the fuel plus manage all aspects of delivery. This is a one-stop solution and clients need not worry about the day to day running of the system.
Renewable Energy for Business
The transition towards renewable energy is a critical part of meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise of global average temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This transition is already taking place, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, however it is vital that renewable energy remains a priority now more than ever as a ‘Recover Better’ mindset is needed in a post-COVID world.
Closer to home, The 2008 Climate Change Act established the world’s first legally binding climate change target aiming to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% (from the 1990 baseline) by 2050.
The UK are trying to achieve this reduction by moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy to meet this target. It will also help the UK become less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to higher energy prices in the future.
The new carbon budget as set by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), covering the period 2033-2037, will see the UK reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 80% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels; placing the UK as one of the most ambitious countries in the world in cleaning up its economy to tackle climate change.
Providing Baseload Green Power from biodiesel generators
This promising partnership now allows clients to benefit from locally generated renewable electricity and successfully achieve something that many have failed to do over the past ten years. This unique solution is a simple example of how companies can reduce their carbon footprint and use existing assets like standby biofuel generators and CHP units to help them make the transition to net zero.
Talick’s solution allows the customer to be off-grid for most of the time and is a great example of a decarbonised democratised and decentralised energy system.
The biodiesel generators and associated equipment including fuel storage tanks are all situated adjacent to the site’s electrical connection point. As well as benefiting from continuous monitoring, whereby all the major parameters are recorded and stored remotely, Talick also provide all the routine and planned operational and maintenance support for the whole system. Due to the structure of the PPA framework, the onus of reliability, availability, and efficiency rests entirely with the Talick team.
Using Biodiesel Generators as an Alternative Renewable Power Solution
Locally generated baseload power that is not derived from conventional renewable sources like wind solar, air or ground source heat pumps is now a reality thanks to Talick’s unique approach to this problem. It is a complete alternative energy system and is an example of how companies can reduce their carbon footprint without the need for investment in expensive infrastructure or complicated ground works to their sites.
The source of the fuel is key to this unique solution; Talick’s biofuel generators use waste derived cooking oils and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) meaning that all the power and heat that is generated by the kWh units is 100% renewable. All of the Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates are passed on by Talick to the customer for their carbon certification and sustainability reporting commitments and their biofuels are all International Sustainability Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified and come with ‘Proof of Sustainability’.
The Financial Benefits of Reducing Your Company Carbon Footprint
These renewably fuelled generators not only save on the company’s carbon footprint but they also provide financial savings. Having on-site embedded biodiesel generators producing electricity directly at the point of consumption, means that clients avoid paying all the fixed charges that make up a typical electrical invoice and these days can be up to 40% of the total bill. Therefore, for every Megawatt (MW) installed, the client is likely to see financial savings of c£120k per annum.
This is, understandably, a powerful proposition that has helped focus many businesses’ minds when seeking solutions to the question of how companies can reduce their carbon footprint. National Grid and Ofgem have recently amended the electricity charging structures so that system capacity costs are recovered across the whole electricity network. Using Talick’s renewable on-site generators avoids these costs.
Reducing the UK carbon budget
Many businesses are looking to meet their tapering net zero commitments and are achieving this via the so called “green washing” of their power – purchasing power in the traditional way resulting in this power coming with a badge that certifies it to be from a renewable source. Sounds good, however in many cases, this is simply a paperwork exercise and does not really benefit the environment or take any steps to tackle the climate emergency. Roughly speaking, for every 1MW of on-site generation that Talick install, the annual carbon saving is around 2,200 tonnes when compared to imported power. For some businesses, this carbon reduction is the most valuable component to the arrangement.
Talick’s solution truly delivers significant carbon reductions compared to grid power and, what’s more, it is a simple alternative. Clients can physically see the electricity and heat being generated next to the point of use under the full knowledge that the biofuel being used is 100% from sustainably sourced feedstock. All fuels used have proof of sustainability certificates. Talick are expanding their offering of renewable electricity biodiesel generators to any business that consumes over 1 MW.
Is Your Business Suitable for Talick’s Green Power Solution?
This technical solution is most suited to business sites that consume power across 7 days and for the majority of each day and night (24 x 7). This system can also be utilised where you have CHP (Combined Heat & Power) requirements. The engines generate electricity but can also be hooked up to supply hot water or even steam if the applications require it; clearly the more energy that is efficiently used by the host site, the greater the environmental and financial benefit.
It's an Off-grid Solution
Having your own on-site electricity generation by default also increases the electrical resilience of your site resulting in less concern about the local grid being able to support your business. In some cases the local grid is constrained, so, should an increase in electricity be required, having Talick onsite generation is an option to consider. Talick are including additional generators to allow for downtime for operational servicing and maintenance to ensure uninterrupted power supply – 100% availability.
How can Talick Power solutions benefit your business?
Have the Talick team contact you to see how using biofuel generators can benefit your business.