ACE Winches installs first wind turbine to power its Grampian manufacturing site

AEC Winches  uses a recycled BPV (battery power vehicle) as a workshop runabout
AEC Winches uses a recycled BPV (battery powered vehicle) as a workshop runabout.

Grampian-based deck machinery specialists ACE Winches – which manufactures support equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry – has embraced renewable energy to capture wind resources with the recent installation of a wind turbine at its global headquarters.

Its facilities at Towie Barclay Works, benefit from this home-grown supply, helping to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels to power the site and contributing to reducing greenhouse gases. 

A turbine can generate electricity 70-85% of the time depending on local wind speeds.  To date ACE Winches has recorded a 58% reduction in supply from the grid.

Valerie Cheyne, Chief Compliance Officer, said: “Many communities have harnessed the power of wind and our team at ACE Winches work hard to utilise the most mature and cost-effective source of renewable energy.   During these challenging times for the oil and gas industries, we continue to look for innovative solutions to reduce costs.

“Sustainability is a key component in our corporate social responsibility plan.  The commitment to support the environment is demonstrated clearly with the completion of the wind turbine project and other company wide initiatives.”

ACE Winches wind turbine at its Towie Barclay site
ACE Winches’ wind turbine at its Towie Barclay site

The installation of car charging facilities for electric motor car batteries, is an added renewable benefit. Paul MacLeod, Senior IT Support Engineer uses the onsite electric vehicle charging facilities for his plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and stated “It is great to have the facility on site, as it allows me to commute to work every day on electric power.”

In addition ACE Winches has upcycled two milks floats, powered by electric and have 10 bicycles used by engineers and technicians, that allow efficient and easy modes of travel around the 25 acre site.

With the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) now law in the UK, many businesses have to complete a mandatory energy efficiency audit by December 2015.  ACE Winches submitted its ESOS audit report in June 2015.

Operating in compliance with environmental regulations and recognised industry standards, ACE Winches continually seek to adopt practices to protect their natural environment.  The company has been certified to the International Environmental Management System standard ISO: 14001 since June 2013.

Waste management in operational areas is a standard business practice for ACE Winches. Factory and office waste is gathered and segregated into identified compounds on the premises for recycling and disposal including central recycling bins for paper, plastic, cans and newspaper, scrap metal, and food waste.  

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