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Energy Mining

By John Herbert | Director

energy mining, energy consultant, Kelcroft, Hong Kong

Most if not all organisations are sitting on top of a very valuable resource that doesn't need a drilling rig to harvest. Energy mining is a strategy recognised by fortune 500 companies that lowers the cost of doing business.

Business as Usual is no longer an option, increasing costs means energy and its associated costs have risen, and every indication points to further increases. Whereas energy was a small proportion of an organisations costs, it is finding its way to the top of the costs business pay. ICT firms, like Google, have electricity as its second highest expense.

Mining Approach

Energy mining capitalises upon the hidden energy resources lowers energy charges which in turn lowers operational costs, and that means more profit. An energy audit is not an excuse for simply cutting energy consumption, rather managing the usage to maintain or improving occupant comfort, or in the manufacturing domain, lowering the cost per unit.

Don't be fooled energy mining is not auditing, Kelcroft energy mining solutions is a multi-stage energy usage investigation:

Initial investigation - the collection and analysis of all the information that may impact your buildings energy consumption. The collected data is analysed to establish the performance of your existing systems.

We compare your facilities energy performance with published standards for your premises and activities of a similar nature.

On Site - information from studying utility bills needs to be supplements with site investigations, a walk through over view, and conducting interview. The stage looks at the real situation on the ground.

Detailed Investigation - like puzzle solving, after analysing the data and the site inspection certain energy conservation opportunities may require detailed analysis, requiring further site investigations.

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Energy Report

The Kelcroft energy audit report provides the answers you need. It summarises our findings, and is sub-divided into three energy management sections, namely:

Within these three sectors, we explain energy saving options and opportunities for your review and implementation.


Housekeeping measures are improvements involving virtually no cost, and involve relatively simple steps to start achieving energy savings. For example training courses to increase energy consumption awareness amongst your staff.

Operation measures

These improvements necessitate some change within your existing regime or maintenance strategy.

For example lighting modifications, improved the switching arrangement or implementing a new lamp replacement strategy benefiting from the efficacy of the latest technology.

In the majority of cases, the working environment for your customers is improved.

Capital works

Capital works would be major improvements to your premises or systems that will require significant expenditure.

Examining your installation, analyzing your operating and maintenance costs, and evaluating possible options for energy conservation. Viable proposals that will benefit you financially are offered for appraisal. For example, switching to water cooled air conditioning (cooling towers) under the Hong Kong pilot programme or consideration of cogeneration solutions.

Other possible solutions may recover fuel from what was previously consider a waste stream, if your organisation has the commitment to lower costs and create a sustainable business, Kelcroft helps you reach your goals.

Energy Analysis

The energy analysis would comprise a practical and economic evaluation of energy saving options. This evaluation would include an investigation of all the various elements that contribute to your owning and operating costs.

Typically these would comprise:

Each of the elements would be analysed to gauge the fiscal and engineering viability of a particular energy saving strategy:

Initial expenditure - Defines the the money required to purchase the plant or equipment.

Cost in use - Cost in use is the operating and running costs for the installation based on the data retrieved during the energy audit.

Investment analysis - Investment analysis comprising fiscal, payback and net present value calculations, these tools are primarily used to establish if a proposal would recoup your investment during a specific period.

Further information

Kelcroft's expertise can help drive energy conservation excellence, coupled with our long standing experience in E&M capital works, Kelcroft offers real, not theoretical energy saving opportunities that boost your business profits.

For further information call Mr John Herbert at our Hong Kong office telephone +(852) 2335 9830 or fax: +(852) 2335 9862, or email us today, and start saving money tomorrow.