Tyndall’s Energy Saving Programme

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Project Description

Since 2008, Tyndall National Institute has actively managed its energy consumption and usage. The Tyndall wide energy efficiency programme is driven by Tyndall Facilities Manager, Pat Mehigan. The programme evaluates on an ongoing basis their most significant energy users looking closely at variables such as clean room temperatures and humidity requirements, process cooling capacities and the impact of people behaviour on energy use. The programme has focused on implementing changes in the system properties as well as changing user habits to optimise the energy consumption of existing equipment.  In addition, Tyndall consistently seeks to upgrade their equipment to more energy efficient process facilities which have a significant effect on their energy use. In 2011, Tyndall formalised this process to become one of the first Research Institutes in the world to achieve the ISO 50001 certification.

Tyndall has made significant energy savings since the commencement of the programme. Between 2007 and 2015 the electrical energy consumption at Tyndall decreased from 726 kWh/m² to 389 kWh/m² and the Natural Gas Consumption halved from 180 W/m² to 92 W/m². Through simple changes in facilitates and user behaviours Tyndall have also decreased their production of general waste from just over 35 tonnes in 2009 to just over 15 tonnes in 2015 and in 2015 alone they reduced their printing consumption by 50,000 pages. In addition, all the food waste that is generated in the cafe is sent for composting.

These achievements reflect a high level of staff involvement and buy-in to the overall energy management process and it appears that this cooperation of staff and students at Tyndall has been instrumental in its success.