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Metals Manufacturing

An energy-intensive manufacturing sector that produces significant quantities of carbon emissions, the metals industry continues to play a key role in the UK economy. Intense global competition, often from countries with low production costs and regulatory requirements, rising energy costs and the need to decarbonise makes the UK metals sector increasingly challenging. 

This is where Powerstar can support metal manufacturers with their costs, carbon emissions and competitiveness. With most metalworking sites comprising multiple, complex energy systems and huge electrical demand, we understand that every customer site is different. Our unrivalled expertise ensures that we can recommend a solution that is tailored around your specific energy management goals and ensure that it delivers exactly as expected.  

While all manufacturers can be vulnerable to power disruption, the metals sector is particularly at risk. Disruption to site power can result in lengthy shutdowns and loss of production, as well as huge costs for scrapped product or wasted raw materials. Investment in power resilience is crucial, but also must ensure that resilience is achieved without compromising carbon reduction efforts. 

Carbon Reduction

Energy efficiency is a key part of reducing carbon emissions for most manufacturers, as well as playing an important role in lowering energy costs. On-site renewable generation and increased electrification of processes can also deliver substantial carbon reductions, and both are easier to implement and perform more effectively when incorporated into a smart microgrid. Powerstar technologies can also play an important role in ensuring your business remains compliant with Climate Change Agreement standards for your sector. 

Power Resilience

Power failures in metal manufacturing can be hugely costly and disruptive. While many manufacturers have already invested in emergency and backup power provisions, the energy-intensive nature of the sector means that they typically come at significant cost and for many technologies, such as diesel generators, can be completely at odds with carbon reduction goals. Powerstar’s battery energy storage with UPS functionality, potentially as part of a wider smart microgrid project, offers a cleaner alternative. 

Energy Costs

Energy costs are one of the biggest challenges for UK manufacturers looking to keep competitive in a global market. Powerstar have supported a wide range of manufacturing businesses to reduce their energy costs. This includes energy efficiency technologies such as voltage optimisation, maximising the returns from on-site renewables or through energy management techniques such as load shifting. 

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