Vickers Energy has signed a deal with the RAF Museum in Shropshire that will cut the energy consumption and the cost of heating its hangars by more than £25,000 a year. The RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, which attracts 300,000 visitors every year, houses 70 aircraft in three hangars. Built in the 1930s, the hangars use gas-fired radiant tube heating – the largest of which costs £50,000 a year to heat.
Energy efficiency business Vickers Energy will install its energy management system to optimise the heating in two of the hangars – with a projected reduction in CO2 of 103 tonnes per year and a further saving of at least £9,500 a year for the museum.
The system has already allowed the museum to reduce gas consumption by 28% and CO2 emissions by 96 tonnes per year for the 5,000 sq ft hangar – leading to a saving of £14,000.
The RAF Museum Cosford is one of two RAF museums nationally and features the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber among its 70 aircraft.
David Hilton, managing director at Vickers Energy, says: “Energy efficiency across every building in the UK is hugely important. We all have a duty to reduce our carbon footprint and at the same time organisations are looking to cut unnecessary costs. We’ve worked in partnership with RAF Museum Cosford to manage its heating in the hangars more efficiently as they were becoming increasingly expensive to operate and consuming too much energy”
“Our system uses high accuracy temperature sensing, moderating the temperature to 0.1°C giving the museum peace of mind that heating systems are optimised, delivering significant savings on its energy bill while ensuring the precious exhibits are protected.
Alex Medhurst, general manager at RAF Museum Cosford, said: “We’ve already reaped the financial benefits of having Vickers’ energy system in one hangar and it made sense to install it in the other two. It’s saved us thousands of pounds a year on our energy bill and we don’t need to do anything to manage the system ourselves or change how we work as an organisation.
“The team at Vickers worked alongside us to understand the nature of our work here and our requirements. It’s also reassuring to know that our reduced energy consumption is going towards a cut in our carbon footprint.” we&e