The effective management of energy has been a key strategic objective within the University for many years, having been at the heart of its Estates Strategy for the past two decades.
The effective management of energy has been a key strategic objective within the University for many years, having been at the heart of its estates strategy for the past two decades.
The University has developed a ten year carbon management plan for the period 2010/11 to 2020/21, a key element is the reduction in carbon emissions arising from the consumption of energy. The plan has targeted a 29% reduction in carbon emissions associated with energy consumption by the end of the plan, based on a 2005/06 emissions baseline.
The key areas where energy efficiency has, and will continue to be focused are as follows;
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In its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions associated with the consumption of energy, the University has introduced several low carbon technologies within its estate.
An 800 kW wind turbine generator has been installed on the Coleraine Campus since September 2008. It produces approximately 1.6 MWh of renewable electricity annually, which equates to approximately 24% of the campus’ total electricity requirement.
CHP units are installed on the Jordanstown and Belfast campuses.
The CHP unit in Jordanstown has been installed since 1997, with a further two units in Belfast installed as part of the major refurbishment of the Warwick Building which was completed in 2008.
CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing usable heat that is produced in this process. This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity where vast amounts of heat is simply wasted. This results in the CHP unit being much more efficient.
The CHP system in place in Belfast is even more efficient as it is linked to an absorption chiller, which allows the energy from the captured heat which is simply ‘wasted’ in the summer months (where no heating is needed) in conventional CHP systems to be used for cooling purposes. This type of arrangement is known as a tri-generation system.
A ground source heat pump system is installed on the Jordanstown campus, servicing the High Performance Sports Centre. The system essentially extracts heat from the ground through a series of underground pipes which the pumps are connected to. The heat ‘stored’ in the ground is used to improve the energy efficiency of the heating system in the centre.