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Renewables


Renewables: Engineering energy Roof

May 2016

Faced with a leaky roof, the Department of Engineering turned a routine maintenance job into an opportunity to generate its own electricity. Up and running since 2013, the 'energy roof' is saving money and carbon, and has become a valuable resource for research and teaching in the department.

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Behavioural Change


Behavioural Change: Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute

May 2016

The Gurdon Institute is one of the University’s biggest users of electricity and gas, but the impressive milestone of 2 million kWh savings have been acheived in only a few years.

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Behavioural Change: Fume cupboards

Fume cupboards are used intensively in some areas of research. For example, the Department of Chemistry has 386 units. If the sash is lowered on a variable air volume fume cupboard when not in use a significant amount of energy is saved due to a lessened drain on the ventilation system. 

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Building Level


Building Level: Hutchison/MRC Research Centre moves to demand ventilation

May 2016

In May 2013, the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre became the first building in the UK to install the US demand ventilation control system Aircuity. 

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Building Level: University Library 

May 2016

As one of the ECRP original Pilot Buildings the University Library has one of the largest carbon footprints of any University building, as well as being, in terms of floor area, one of the largest single buildings on the University's estate.

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Building Level: Lighting replacements

May 2016

It is estimated that there is 4.78MW of artificial lighting installed across the University’s main estate. If used for a period of 10 hours every day this would consume around 17.4GWh of electricity. 

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Equipment


Equipment: Ultra Low Temperature Storage

May 2016

Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers (ULT Freezers) typically operate between -70 and -80oC, consuming between 16-22KWh per day, roughly twice the average daily consumption of a U.K household (9KWh/day). They are therefore one of the signal most energy intensive pieces of general laboratory equipment. In the Clinical School these storage facilities are essential for storing or archiving biological samples. 

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Equipment: LEDs in Plant Growth

May 2016

Replacing fluorescent tubes with LEDs is a simple way for homes and offices to cut energy bills and save carbon. But what about a plant growth facility, where light is a key part of the science? We talk to the team in the Department of Plant Sciences about how a pilot funded by the ECRP it is shedding new light on saving money and carbon at the same time as doing world class plant science.

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Support for Capital Projects


Capital Projects: Greenwich House

May 2016

Originally home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Greenwich House now houses around 400 University administrative staff. 

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