ST to save on energy

A number of energy-saving measures will be launched in the near future, and these will contribute to the overall cost-saving requirements at Science and Technology (ST).

2016.08.24 | Christina Troelsen

In the coming heating season, you will be able to turn the heating up to a maximum of 21°C in ST’s buildings. (Photo: Colourbox)

The first initiative to be put into practice concerns the heating bill. In the coming heating season, you will be able to turn the radiators up to a maximum of 21°C in ST’s buildings, with the option of turning the heating down but not up.

This measure is expected to result in heating savings of 5%, which corresponds to several million kroner in ST’s total heating budget. To maintain the savings, the facilities will be regularly monitored to make sure the temperature requirements are complied with.

The energy savings are part of the overall savings plan for ST of approximately DKK 150 million up to 2019. The plan includes savings of approximately DKK 22 million on building projects, including heating savings.

“It’s common sense to save on energy, which is also witnessed by the many good proposals for energy savings we received in connection with the budget plan. By maintaining a maximum room temperature of 21°C, we can all help contribute to savings in the operating budget, and thereby ultimately help to avoid redundancies,” says Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen.

The Danish Working Environment Authority recommends that the room temperature is kept to 20–22°C for sedentary or standing work such as office jobs.

In order to maintain a more accurate temperature, ST Building Services will replace radiator thermostats and valves in selected areas. This work will take priority and will be carried out as far as possible before the coming heating season begins. The season for heating is from approximately 1 October to 15 May. The areas concerned will be notified directly about the new fittings.

Coming energy savings

One of the other energy-saving measures to be worked on during the autumn is a study of options for possibly turning off the ventilation in some laboratories outside working hours. Options will also be looked at to convert inefficient compressed air systems, adapt heat treatment plants to actual needs, replace existing pumps with low-energy pumps, and adjust and adapt cooling water temperatures in order to extend the use of free cooling systems.

There are many different technical installations, physical conditions and work routines to be taken into consideration, and the work will be carried out in close dialogue and collaboration with the individual departments.

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