New tech can reduce building running costs by half

Elmdene MD says the firm's products run at 86% efficiency levels

Ian Moore of Elmdene says Saudi Arabia is a booming market in the region.
Ian Moore of Elmdene says Saudi Arabia is a booming market in the region.

New technology used with electrical appliances will allow facilities managers to reduce the running costs of a building, according to Ian Moore, managing director of fire and security products company Elmdene.

Speaking to fmME, Moore said that while traditional power supplies are efficient up to a range of 45-55%, Elmdene's products use a new technology called 'switch mode' that allow them to be 86% efficient.

With this form of power supply, power is not consumed when there is no load on one end. He said: "If you plug something in and don’t use it, it still goes warm and hot. With ours, that doesn't happen. One of the advantages of that, especially in climates like the Middle East, is that it runs very cool." He added this means the product has longevity, and Elmdene is able to provide lifetime guarantees, because "it runs so cool, it never goes wrong."

He said specifically when it came to a facility management environment, this would help reduce the running bill by half. He also estimated the return on investment being eight months.

Moore added that while this technology has been used in mobile phones, it is now slowly coming into the power supply market.

Another benefit of Elmdene products, both for its end users and distributors, is that they fit any voltage from 96 and 265V. He says this is valuable in regions which have different voltages, citing Saudi Arabia's and UAE's differences, and also said distributors don't have to be concerned about holding stock because one size really does fit all.

 Moore emphasised the importance of power supplies in FM, and said: "Nobody takes the time on consultancy or FM levels to think that the starting of the building block must be to make a uniform, responsive power supply which is stable."

Elmdene will be taking advantage of the regional market. Moore said: "We sell a reasonable amount – about 5% of our business is currently here already through different routes but we need to increase that significantly. We are going to be hiring somebody and are going through that process at the moment. We’re hoping to be based here full time, and are holding stock here now for the first time in Jebel Ali, for faster responses."

Moore added that Saudi Arabia is a very important market for the firm: "If you look at the value of the market in Saudi, it dwarfs everything else. It’s literally 10 times the size of everything else, so we’d be naive to think that we shouldn’t be working there. It’s a great opportunity to grow in that area."

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