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McGhee’s Bakery invests in gas to power technology

McGhee’s Bakery’s manufacturing facility in Glasgow installed a 500KW lean burn gas generator with ComAp controls. Following a successful trial, the equipment is now providing the majority of
the site’s electrical power requirement in parallel with the main supply to ensure resilience. DTGen provided a full turnkey solution for McGhee’s including the network authority agreements, civil engineering work, mechanical and electrical installations. The power system specialist will provide all ongoing service and maintenance.

Gordon McGhee, Managing Director at McGhee’s Bakery, said: “Being a lean manufacturing organization, we are always looking at ways to help deliver value for money for our customers. With
input costs rising rapidly, working with DTGen has provided us with the opportunity to better manage and forecast our energy expenditure.  From beginning to end, DTGen listened to our needs, and designed a solution that fits seamlessly into our current way of working.”

Powered by high-efficiency gas engines, the lean-burn generator range is designed for businesses to generate their own electricity on-site. The solution can help manage the highly volatile energy
market, DTGen highlighted in an announcement. John Kinstrie, Head of Solution Sales at DTGen said: “As the overall demand for cleaner power generation continues to drive innovation in the production of energy, there is an increasing shift to natural gas generators for both standby power and as an alternative to mains connection for businesses that want to help manage costs and fix long-term prices for on-site power generation. This solution is ideal for facilities with high electrical energy consumption, such as food and drink manufacturing or large-scale industrial manufacturing. Providing budget stability, the lean-burn solution enables you to lower your dependency on the
grid whilst ensuring a reliable, secure supply of electrical power.” 

DTGen offers two commercial models for the gas to power solution, including a fully-funded PPA (power purchase agreement) that helps generate continuous power onsite, ‘behind the meter’. 

Founded in 1936, McGhee’s moved to state-of-the-art premises at the M8 food park in June 2005. It currently sells more than 4 million rolls per week, with a fleet of 70 wholesale delivery vans to deliver products daily across central Scotland.

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