ABird Highwood Care Home

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Silent Hybrid Power for Care Home Build

Considerate Constructor Highwood Reduces
Generator Noise, Emissions and Fossil Fuel Usage

The Highwood Group has been building homes, communities and futures since 1987.

Throughout this time, the Highwood Group have remained faithful to a commitment of acquiring land selectively, building sensitively and sustainably, whilst continuing to set benchmarked standards of design and construction.

The Project
Dukes Meadow Care Home is set just over a mile from Waterlooville town centre. This is a three storey building constructed in a contemporary style using a considered mix of modern and traditional materials on a timber frame. The care home sits within extensive gardens for exclusive use of the residents to enjoy the outdoor space and participate in gardening activities.

The Challenge
The Care Home was being constructed immediately adjacent to residential properties that were occupied. 24/7 temporary power was required to support the build and despite using eco sound barriers, the continuous noise from the diesel generator was intrusive to the neighbouring residents. As a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the Highwood Group were keen to find a cost-effective power solution that reduced both noise and CO2 emissions.

The Solution
ABird connected their ‘Lithium Hybrid System’ to the 100 kVA diesel generator on site, creating a hybrid power setup. This setup provided power for 3 site cabins (1 x office, 1 x canteen, 1 x toilet) and temporary power and lighting for the 80 bed home.

The ABird Lithium Hybrid System was set to continuous ‘Load-Sensing’ mode and constantly monitored the load required for the cabins throughout the day. The ABird Lithium Hybrid System automatically switched off the diesel generator when it was running at low loads, turning the diesel generator back on for higher loads. Whilst the diesel generator was running, the ABird Lithium Hybrid System recharged. Containing lithium energy storage for fast recharging, the ABird Lithium Hybrid System was ideal for the continuous monitoring and supply of power.

The Results
Over a 3-week period, the ABird Lithium Hybrid System provided completely silent power on site without requiring any fuel for 65% of the time.

In just 3 weeks the ABird Lithium Hybrid System

  • Saved 1,749 Litres of diesel
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 4.67 Tonnes
  • Delivered 269 hours of completely silent hybrid power (65%)
  • Negated the need to hire eco sound barriers at £80 per week

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