European manufacturing and distribution rights awarded for green technology to help with CRC Energy

Date: 29/03/2010

A Scottish business has been awarded the european manufacturing and distribution rights to Enershield. The Enershield air barrier uses an accurate flow of high volume, high speed, air to create up to a 90% seal over an opening and provide a virtual doorway that people and vehicles can still pass through.

By reducing a buildings energy consumption, companies can cut their energy spend and their requirement in line with the new CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

In the week that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme imposes new requirements on around 5000 private and public sector energy users to reduce their carbon emissions, a new manufacturing venture is launched in Scotland which offers an efficient solution to energy loss through doorways in retail, commercial and industrial buildings.

The Enershield air barrier uses an accurate flow of high volume, high speed, air to create up to a 90% seal over an opening and provide a virtual doorway that people and vehicles can still pass through. By creating an environmental separation, the new technology not only keeps warm air in and cold air out (or vice-versa), it also prevents the transfer of dust, fumes, insects, smoke, and odours.

With around 40% of Europes greenhouse gas emissions coming from its buildings, businesses will be looking for ways to reduce energy loss through doorways.

The Enershield air barrier offers replacement technology for traditional air curtains which typically use heated air to provide comfort heating at retail doorways but are less effective at preventing energy loss. Its ability to create environmental separation also makes it suitable for use in industries such as engineering, distribution, food production, freezer rooms and pharmaceuticals.

The technology was developed originally for large industrial doorways found in warehouses and loading bays and can seal doorways up to11.5 metres.

Shotts based CPA Engineered Solutions, has won the license to manufacture the Canadian designed innovation for the whole of Europe and are launching a new trading division, Enershield Europe to market the brand. The win has already secured and created eight skilled manufacturing jobs and with an estimated potential market of £12 million in the UK alone, the company is looking to expand rapidly.

CPA Chief Executive Officer, Alan Collin said: The launch of our Enershield manufacturing venture is timely given the legislation. Businesses are looking for energy efficiency at all levels and with customers reporting savings of up to 70% on the previous technology, we are very confident about the demand for the product. Many of the founding members of the CPA team were ex-Ravenscraig employees so it feels good to be creating manufacturing jobs in Lanarkshire.

CPA is projecting a turnover of £4.5m in the next year and full-time equivalent employment of 20-22.

Notes to Editors:

Enershield Europe is a trading name of CPA Engineered Solutions Limited. Established in 1992, CPA Engineered Solutions were primarily a company dealing with compressed air solutions for industrial clients. They have previously distributed the Enershield technology but are the first company to have been approved to manufacture the technology outside of North America.

The Enershield Barrier technology has been installed at the manufacturing site of the health & well-being company, Philips Electronics.

In commenting on the collaboration with Enershield Europe, Alasdair Waugh, site director of Philips Hamilton facility explained: Philips has set a target for 2015 to improve the energy efficiency of its entire product portfolio by 50%. Working with companies like CPA helps us explore innovative ways of boosting the energy efficiency of the companys manufacturing sites to help us meet that target.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) (Carbon Reduction Commitment)


The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a new regulatory incentive aiming to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

Starts in April 2010.

Mandatory, affecting large public and private sector organisations. Will include supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities and all central Government Departments, schools, colleges and universities.

Organisations that meet the qualification criteria will have to comply or face financial penalties.

Participation based on how much electricity they were supplied in 2008. Organisations are eligible they have at least one half-hourly electricity meter (HHM) settled on the half-hourly market. They also qualify if their total half-hourly electricity consumption exceeded 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) during 2008. Government estimates indicate that 20,000 public and private sector organisations will be required to participate with 5,000 participating fully and the majority simply having to make an information disclosure once every few years.

Organisations will have to monitor their emissions and purchase allowances,
initially sold by Government, costing £12 for each tonne of CO2 they emit. The more CO2 an organisation emits, the more allowances it has to purchase.

Therefore direct incentive to reduce emissions.

As well as reducing our carbon emissions, by increasing energy efficiency the scheme will help organisations save money by reducing their energy bills. These savings should be in excess of the costs of participating in the scheme.

In addition, the more an organisation reduces its emissions, the higher it will appear in the annually published league table, showing the comparative performance
of all participants.

This in turn provides a further benefit: all the revenue raised from selling
allowances is recycled back to participants, and the league table position affects how much of the revenue each organisation receives.

More detail at The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) 

Company Profile


CPA began life essentially as a specialist compressed air engineering company; employing skilled technicians and pipe fitters and concentrating on keeping clients equipment in production.

They offer a turnkey capability to users of compressed air from specification and design through to commissioning and operation.

Real PR is working with CPA on Enershield, an invisible barrier technology that reduces the net energy consumption when warming or cooling an internal environment.

CPA Group website