Case Study:

Energy management cost


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THE CHALLENGE:

University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland.

Founded in 1845, UCC has 762 academic staff, a total number of 2,747 employees across over 50 buildings. With over 19,000 students, the college’s focus is on academic, personal and professional achievement.


Solution for energy management cost:

UCC selected the ResourceKraft Advisor solution and initially installed it across 67 Electrical, Gas, Heat and Water meters in 15 buildings on the main campus area including restaurants, lecture halls and student centres in 2010.

The web-based energy management cost control system gathers processes and analyses energy data from the meters and converts it into business information, enabling the team, departments and academic projects to understand how and where energy is being consumed at any given time across all sites. Setting targets, generating reports and involving management and staff in making informed cost based decisions. All in the drive to further reduce energy costs and meet carbon commitments.

Following the success of the first phase, UCC then installed an additional 40 Electrical, Gas and Heat meters in a further 17 buildings and the solar PV panels in the O’Rahilly Building.

Benefits:

UCC continues to make good progress towards our 2020 reduction target of 33% has reduced energy use by 3 to 5% annually despite its continual campus growth and is ranked 2nd in the UI World Green Metric University Rankings in 2014.

Testimonial:

“We can now use real-time information to manage and reduce all of our utilities.

We can identify usage and cost red flags and schedule reports to be emailed to users. We can also generate detailed reports and graphs on use and costs.

With the data gathered and analysed, we put plans in place to implement operational savings.

This has allowed us to increase productivity and transparency with detailed reporting and documentation, implement better planning strategies, improve safety and security and improve communication. We now have a reliable, central database of information which staff and academics can access in real time on-line.

We now have a reliable, central database of information which staff can access in real time from one screen”

Denis Brosnan, Energy Manager at UCC