Hobbs and the Environment

A Solar Photovoltaic System consisting of 960 PV panels

At Hobbs we have a long-term capital expenditure programme that covers not only software, IT and printing equipment but also the factory itself, including the fabric of the building.

This is all due to our intention for our factory to be as environmentally efficient and sustainable as possible.

Our concern for the environment is illustrated by the fact that for many years Hobbs has held the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 which requires us to continually find ways to reduce our environmental impact in a safe and predictable manner.

At the end of 2015 Hobbs made two major investments to reduce its electrical consumption, firstly by replacing its main Heating & Cooling System, which consisted of Chillers and Fan Coil Units, with a new Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat recovery system. The advantages of such a system are that heating to offices and departments would be from heat recovered from production areas and that the cooling and ventilation is more energy efficient (18% more efficient) than a chiller/fan coil arrangement.

The second investment was in a Solar Photovoltaic System consisting of 960 PV panels. Such panels are able to generate 250 kW when the sun is shining brightly – which is over a third of the factory’s energy requirement when all the plant is working. Even when the sun is not shining, the modern panels still enable electricity to be generated. For any electricity generated that is not used at Hobbs, the spare electricity is sent automatically into the National Grid for other users to benefit from.

Daniel Brownlie on 2nd February 2016