Energy Efficiency

Ryder’s new plant:  working smart with water and energy


Can you imagine lining up six diesel trucks and running their engines at full power from 9 to 5 every working day of the year? The noise? The smog? The wear and tear?


That is the energy that smart design in Ryder’s new plant will save each year.  Three and a half thousand LED light fixtures plant-wide more than halve the cost and energy of lighting.  Compressor pumps to drive the pneumatic tools throw off a lot of heat:  Ryder recaptures that heat and provides hot water to its people.  At the same time, a roof-mounted array captures the heat of the sun to provide yet more hot water and another array supplies electricity.


Efficient air conditioning opened up the South for industry.  Efficient heating opened up the North.  Ryder’s super-efficient underground energy system combines the efficiencies of both.  In the summer, it sucks excess heat out of the facility and buries it underground.  In the winter, it fetches heat out of the ground and pumps it into the buildings at about 1/6 of the energy cost of conventional heating.


How much water does it take to float a container ship, say a Supramax or a Handymax, 150 – 200 meters long (500 – 650 feet)? An awful lot, once it is loaded up with all its 40 foot containers.  That is the amount of water that Ryder’s new plant will be saving each year!


The campus grading and layout have been designed to maximise the capture of rainwater.  The campus plumbing system has been explicitly designed to handle three types of water:  first-class clean municipal water, rainwater and run-off, and finally waste water.  A three stage water processing plant takes the rainwater and run-off, and provides hygienic water with which to flush toilets, saving over 100 tonnes of precious municipal water each day.


Ryder’s experience has been that smart design is efficient:  it is cheaper to run and at the same time environmentally responsible.