Paul Craig, Senior M&E Construction Manager at Telford Homes, has been instrumental in accelerating the company’s net zero journey, leading the shift away from diesel generators to more sustainable energy sources.
The Capital Interchange Way project in Brentford, London is a new residential development comprising of 420 affordable homes and commercial units. The build required 3 tower cranes with a combined loading of 600kVA, alongside temporary infrastructure and plant which would put a significant strain on the local power grid. The district network operator was unable to provide the requisite power within a feasible timeframe, so the site was forced to find an alternative power source. Typically, multiple diesel-powered generators would be installed consuming large quantities of diesel, but Paul was determined to find a sustainable option that is aligned with the company’s sustainability strategy and net zero ambitions.
Sustainable Power Solutions
Conducting extensive research to identify ways of reducing the site’s reliance on diesel generators, Paul engaged with Northvolt, a European battery supplier who specialise in providing environmentally friendly power solutions. They assisted in reviewing the live data Paul had collected to determine the suitability of its solution for the project. The main challenge with implementation was the lack of live case study data as the system is not currently being used in the UK or used to supply multiple plant and welfare. Working with the supplier Paul created a detailed system design, using live data from current sites to forecast consumption trends and peak demands to determine the feasibility and size of the unit. Once installed the system was remotely monitored to optimise the performance required for the demands of the site.
Reducing Carbon Emissions
Championing the use of more sustainable energy sources, Paul has successfully transitioned the site away from using diesel generators saving 81,976 kgCO2e and 34,000 litres of fuel in 2 months, as well as dramatically reducing noise pollution and demand on space (as the units are stacked on top of each other).
Through his hard work and determination Paul has created a pathway to help reduce strain on the power grid and the project’s carbon footprint. Telford Homes have now become the first UK developer to use this system, with the intention to roll it out across other projects as part of its mission to become net zero by 2030.