The National Sustainable Building Energy Test Bed at Nimbus

Project Info

Organisation Nimbus

Project Description

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in partnership with United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Ltd. (UTRC-I) manage the “National Sustainable Building Energy Test-bed” (NSBET) located in CIT’s Nimbus Centre. UTRC-I specialise in building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation and is conducting research related to whole building energy and power management to capture retrofit opportunities that scale from a single building to multiple buildings at district level.

This collaborative project creates a whole-building energy and power management technology demonstrator within the Nimbus building scalable to a district or campus level. The test bed is a strategic resource for the Institute and a platform for CIT from which it can develop new, industry-focused, research which in turn informs new curricula across the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The facility is available to national and international commercial entities within the Energy space as an enabler to trial Research & Development work, particularly within the areas of Demand Side Management, and issues around Intermittency. The test-bed is also available for experimental work to other Higher Education institutions and researchers both nationally and internationally through European Commission funded research projects.

The operation of this resource demonstrates CIT’s on-going public commitment to the Green Campus Initiative, providing energy savings for the Nimbus building of up to €11k per annum.

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