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 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.
ABird integrated their Lithium Harvest Energy System (Harvester) into the power setup, by connecting the Harvester to the 100 kVA diesel generator on site, creating a hybrid power system. 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 Harvester was set to continuous ‘Load-Sensing’ mode and constantly monitored the load required for the cabins throughout the day. The Harvester 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 Harvester recharged. Containing lithium energy storage for fast recharging, the Harvester was ideal for the continuous monitoring and supply of power.
Over a 3-week period, the Harvester provided completely silent power on site without requiring any fuel for 65% of the time.
In just 3 weeks the Harvester: