David Lloyd Leisure – Driving Down the Cost of Leisure

Digicon Solutions help David Lloyd Leisure achieve 20% Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reduction

As part of the UK’s ongoing mission to monitor and reduce CO2 emissions and energy usage, David Lloyd Leisure consisting of more than 90 health clubs across the UK and Europe found that their pumps and fans were constantly using more energy than was required.
After carrying out extensive site surveys and running free of charge trials, controls experts Digicon Solutions evaluated that the pump and fan installations at the David Lloyd Leisure Clubs had all been sized to provide copious amounts of reserve capacity that would not be needed during day to day operation. Our expert engineers at Digicon discovered that the majority of the applications were fitted with single speed starters, which meant the pumps and fans always operated at full speed, irrespective of the actual requirements. This wasted money and created far more energy consumption than acceptable in these challenging times, where energy saving and reduced CO2 emissions are paramount to ensuring a greener planet.

Digicon suggested that fitting the Danfoss FC102 Variable Speed Drives with timers, CO2 sensors, day/night real time clocks, and humidity sensors would allow the motors’ operating speeds to be matched to the demand. This significantly reduced the energy usage.

Our experts advised that the potential for savings in applications of this type is excellent, as the power used is proportional to the cube of the speed.

To date, Digicon have installed more than 520 Variable Speed Drives for over 90 Clubs within David Lloyd Leisure across the UK and Europe. By using our Drives, the group is currently making savings of over £400,000 per year.  Annual CO2 emission reductions in excess of 2,400 tonnes have been achieved making a significant contribution to David Lloyd Leisure achieving their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reduction of 20% from baseline between 2010 and 2014.