Hayward Tyler creates a centre of excellence for the energy equipment sector
Hayward Tyler, a designer and manufacturer of specialist motors and pumps for some of the most demanding environment across the worldwide energy sector, is creating a centre of excellence in Luton, UK, in order to expand its production capacity. The centre will be the most advanced facility for specialist motor manufacture in the world, and will be a huge boon for the energy industry.
The company has poured £20 million worth of investment into its Luton factory, which has allowed it to double production capability with a 30,000 square foot extension, and it has partnered with Street Crane to aid in this transformation. Street Crane has supplied and installed two 40-ton double girder cranes in this new section of the facility, and replaced old cranes in the existing section with two 40-ton and two 25-tone double girder cranes.
The new overhead equipment is used throughout the entire manufacturing process, from unloading materials on arrival through to final equipment despatch. They help to optimise space, enabling the smoothest possible production processes.
Larry Redmond, Special Projects Director for Hayward Tyler explained: “We view our assembly and test area as one big machine system and the cranes form a vital part of that machine, providing the appropriate lifting capability for the large motors and pumps we manufacture. The crane equipment is essential for all stages of the process including loading machines, as well as the assembly and testing of our products.
“As the cranes will be in operation for a considerable time period, one of our key selection criteria was maintainability. The modular design approach used by Street gave us confidence in the future availability of appropriate parts and service levels.
“Street’s ability to work in partnership with us was key to the success of this project. The team worked closely with us throughout the design process to ensure the cranes would be fit for purpose and that there was minimal impact on production when the replacement cranes were installed in the existing part of the factory.
“This required careful co-ordination with the main building contractor regarding removal and installation, including removing parts of the factory’s roof sheeting several times. This was all completed without fuss and is testament to the expertise of the individuals and companies involved.”
Chris Lindley-Smith, Street Crane’s Sales Director added: “This is a very impressive new facility which relies on safe, reliable and advanced lifting equipment to meet its demanding production schedule. We responded to the needs of Hayward Tyler with bespoke cranes that are smooth and easy to operate.
“Crucially for the client, we were able to work with the wider design and build team to install the cranes with minimal disruption, ensuring they could be accommodated effectively in both the new and existing building structure.
“I have been personally involved with this project from the start and it has been a pleasure to work with Hayward Tyler. Street Crane is very proud to provide this equipment for a premier UK manufacturer.”
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.