The aim of this project is to investigate ways of reducing the cost of providing appropriate working environments for product, people and machines in Irish manufacturing plants (HVAC systems and clean rooms). Maintaining appropriate working conditions is costly. According to the SEAI Energy Agreements HVAS Special Working Group Report 2007, HVAC energy costs can be as high as 80% of a site’s total energy budget and, among the 14 companies which participated in the SEAI study, €15 million a year of savings were identified.

Further dependency on cleanroom is increasing and the Carbon Trust has estimated that around 40% of commercial floor space could be air conditioned by 2020, compared to only 10% at the end of 1994.

Ongoing work in this topic covers:

  • The optimisation of exiting HVAC systems.
  • R&D of technology to integrate with or supplement existing building controls to analyse and identify solutions for energy efficiency improvements with a view to eliminating energy waste in HVAC.
  • The investigation of the key drivers of malfunctions with a view to identifying a cost effective solution by determining appropriate energy requirements.
  • Developing appropriate technology to eliminate energy waste from HVAC systems operating in Irish climate given the constraints of industrial processes and building environmental needs.
  • Research the constraints imposed by product manufacture in medical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries in order to identify possible reductions in energy needs while still achieving the necessary environmental quality standards.