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Issue:- 19 June 2014

Council takes the plunge and saves £60k on energy costs with ABB drives

LIVERPOOL City Council is saving £60,000 a year on energy costs at 5 of its swimming pools following the installation of ABB variable speed drives on filtration pumps an air handling units. Faced with rising energy costs and the need to trim budgets, the Council approached ABB authorised value provider Central Group for help in cutting the energy use at its swimming pools.  The Council’s maintenance manager says:- "We had an energy conservation report done on 1 of our pools by an independent company which had recommended ABB variable speed drives."

Central Group investigated the pumping set up at the swimming pool. The 2 filtration pumps were originally run in a duty/standby configuration. Pumping rates were increased as more people entered the pool. Central suggested using the pumps in a parallel pumping scheme that would cut energy use. Gianfranco Colangeli of Central says:- "At 1st the council was sceptical of the proposed scheme. We suggested a trial to prove that it could work and they agreed. We logged the energy use of the pumps beforehand; we then installed 2 new ABB drives. Our predictions indicated a 10% to 15% saving, but logging the energy use we found that the drives made a 35 percent saving, with a payback of around 6 months. This was all with no change in the flow rate or water pressure."

Following the installation of the permanent drives, Central Group also installed low occupancy switches, which cause the drives to run the motors at even lower speeds when few people are using the pool or when the pool is closed. "We had budgeted for 45 Hz, but we can go as low as 30 Hz." says Colangeli. Since the initial installation, ABB drives have been retrofitted into four other swimming pools, for water pumps and air handling units. With a total of 20 drives over the five sites ranging from 7.5 to 18 kW, the project is saving £60,000 a year, with a payback of around 2 years.

Scrum on down for new event!

OVER the weekend of 21 June 2014 and 22 June 2014, the City will host the Wheelchair 7s Rugby Union Four Nations Tournament, a 1st for the City.  Staged at Liverpool John Moores University's IM Marsh Campus, spectators will have the chance to see the finest players from England, Ireland, Wales and the Barbarians go head-to-head with each other in what is set to be a fierce competition for the title.  The matches start at 10am at the Barkhill Road site, and the first game sees England V's Barbarians.  Liverpool's Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "I'm delighted that Liverpool is hosting this event.  We are dedicated to doing as much as we can to promote inclusive sport and to also help people with disabilities overcome any barriers they may face when it comes to getting active. This tournament will give spectators the chance to see some of the best players in this international field, and is set to be an exciting and competitive couple of days."

Schedule for the weekend is as follows:-

Saturday, 21 June 2014

10am – England v Barbarians.
12pm – Wales v Ireland.
2pm – England v Wales.
4pm – Barbarians v Ireland.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

10am – Barbarians v Wales.
12pm – England v Ireland.
2pm – Trophy presentations.

Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club has been closely involved with planning for the tournament and it is hoped that this will become a bi-annual event staged in the City.  Manager of the Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club and England Team Manager, Martin Beddis, said:- "This is an exciting time for wheelchair rugby in Merseyside and this international event will go a long way to showcase the sport in the City.  Wheelchair 7s is one of only a few sports that is fully inclusive. Weather you have a disability or not, male or female, you can play and if you're good enough, you can represent your country.  It's also the ideal build up for the Six Nations competition to be held in Paris in August, so we hope as many people as possible come along and see the excitement in action."

Admission is completely free to these events and to find out more you can follow England Wheelchair 7s and Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby on Facebook or the following their Twitter accounts:- @England7sWRU @LivLionsWRL @LivLionsWRC.

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