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 The Importance of Eectrical Maintenance of AD Plants  

 

25/09/2017

 

CWE are proud to announce their partnership with Low Carbon Workspaces. 

 

The electrical installation and associated control systems are the nerve centre of an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant, without it functioning in a healthy state the revenue stream is badly affected or even worse stops altogether. Electrical certification is paramount for the initial installation and of greater importance throughout the design life of the plant.


With this in mind it is of the upmost importance that all AD plant installations, carried out in the UK, meet and comply with the British Standards for electrical installations (BS7671:2008+A3:2015) and that certification is provided on completion of the installation as evidence. This will ensure, that if anything goes wrong, your plant is covered and your insurances are valid. Without this your plant will not be covered.


It is essential for safety and insurance reasons, that Anaerobic Digestion plants remain in serviceable condition. Electrical installations can degrade over time. Isolators and junction-boxes can sustain damage, cables deteriorate and infrastructure/connections can also deteriorate. Degradation is even more apparent in installations where adverse elements are involved. i.e. corrosive chemicals, construction waste, high usage or poor maintenance on the part of owners or operators. It is recommended therefore, that an electrical installation condition report (EICR) is carried out annually or in a timeframe as recommended by your insurers, to ensure that the electrical installation is still compliant and serviceable.

 

An EICR is a report not just a certificate. The results, measurements and values taken during an EICR are clearly recorded in a report and appropriate recommendations, are made for any damage, deterioration or defects observed that may give rise to danger, to be remedied, such that the installation may continue to be used in safety.


Well maintained AD plants will result in better production and a solid revenue stream, do not put your plant and investment at risk.

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Three generations mark family business milestone

 

01/05/2015

 

Three generations helped mark a Wolverhampton family firm’s 70th anniversary – as its founder joined his son and grandson to toast on-going success.

 

Doug Whitehouse, now 94, set up Whitehouse Radio and Electrical Services in Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, after returning from service in the Navy in 1945.

 

The company now employs 25 people from its base in Brickheath Road, New Cross Business Park and boasts an impressive list of local and national customers.

 

Mr Whitehouse Snr was joined by his son Peter, the current managing director as well as Peter’s son Harry, 19, who is completing an apprenticeship with CWE.

 

The family group was also boosted by CWE business development manager Jo, who is Peter’s wife and Harry’s mum and arranged the get-together as part of a special evening to mark the milestone at South Staffordshire Cricket Club.

 

Keith Cosgriff who sold his business to the family in 1990 was also there to help celebrate 70 years of success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter paid tribute to his dad saying his example of a strong work ethic combined with being a ‘firm but fair’ boss with true drive and visionhad been a great inspiration.

 

West Midlands regional manager of the Electrical Contractors’ Association Steve Roberts praised CWE for thriving through tough economic times.

 

He presented Peter with a crystal rosebowl and also thanked Doug for his longstanding commitment to the professional body, especially through launching the Doug Whitehouse Cup for keen golfers in the association.

 

The company has continued to thrive by innovating and diversifying.

 

In recent years the company has pioneered sustainable energy projects – providing power systems for extensive schemes known as Anaerobic Digestion throughout the UK.

Cosgriff Whitehouse supplies and installs all power, control and communication cables in new AD plants and carries out all necessary procedures such as testing and certifying the installation as well as maintaining facilities.

 

Peter thanked staff, customers and suppliers for attending and said that a high level of staff retention was one of the company’s proudest achievements. Some members of the CWE team had been with them more than 40 years, he said.

Cosgriff Whitehouse marks 70 years

 

17/03/2015

 

A Wolverhampton electrical contractor is marking its 70th year in business after diversifying to innovate in the field of renewable energy.

 

Cosgriff Whitehouse, which was established in 1945, is the city’s longest serving electrical contractor. It now employs 25 people from its headquarters in Brickheath Road, New Cross Business Park.

 

The family business boasts an impressive list of local and national customers including Severn Trent Water, Wolverhampton City Council, Sandwell Council and Johnson Apparelmaster nationwide.

 

In recent years the company has pioneered sustainable energy projects – providing power systems for extensive schemes known as anaerobic digestion projects throughout the UK. This is the process of producing biogas from crops and slurry and using it to produce electricity which can be exported into the grid, or injecting gas into the gas network. Food waste can also be used to increase the gas yield. This requires a pasteurisation plant.

 

Cosgriff Whitehouse supplies and installs all power, control and communication cables in new AD plants and carries out all necessary procedures such as testing and certifying the installation as well as maintaining facilities.

 

 

The company began to specialise in this cutting edge sector after an existing client said it was interested in knowing more – and trusted Cosgriff Whitehouse expertise to make sure the process was as effective as possible.

 

Managing director Peter Whitehouse, who’s wife Jo is the company’s business development manager, said that one of the firm’s proudest achievements in its substantial history was an outstanding level of staff retention.

 

He said: “The team effort and dedication of employees is a major factor in our longevity. This is a quality instilled by our founder, my father Doug Whitehouse.

 

“Being a family business has focussed us on our goals of customer satisfaction and high quality standards. We have a low turnover of staff and over the years we have provided many quality apprenticeships, once again demonstrating our commitment to the electrical installation industry.

 

“Another aspect of our business which has kept us ahead of the competition has been to invest in relevant training and keep up with technological advances.

 

“If we were starting a business today in our field of expertise I would say that the most important lessons to learn were that a 24/7 commitment was needed and that investing in mobile technology increases efficiency.”

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