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UT Climate Center awards sustainability project for education labs

The University of Twente annually consumes as much energy as 8,500 households. To reduce this, a team from S&T, EEMCS, Pre-U, Learning Lab and Faculty Green Hub has received an award from the UT Climate Centre's New Opportunities Fund.

This prize, awarded to nine of 39 project proposals, supports a project to analyse and reduce energy consumption in the education labs in Carré.

Analysis of energy consumption and material use in education labs

The team will survey energy consumption and material use in the educational labs on the fourth floor of Carré. This will include an inventory of energy-intensive equipment such as fume hoods. In addition to cataloguing the equipment, it will also look at how often the equipment is used for teaching purposes.

The effect of temporarily turning off equipment that is not being used to save energy will also be examined. An analysis will then be conducted to find methods to reduce energy and material consumption, including estimated cost savings, and to find ways to modify lab activities to create more awareness.

Innovation in energy conservation for a more sustainable future

The results of the project are being shared to inspire other laboratories. Research has shown that laboratories can save a lot of energy, often through improvements to ventilation and air conditioning. The research team hopes to discover new energy-saving measures through this project.

Jéré van Lente

For energy transition, we need to pay extra attention to energy conservation. We need to examine everything more closely; our daily lives, as well as our education. Every joule we save reduces the pressure on the environment.

Jéré van Lente

This project is an important step toward a more sustainable future and highlights the University of Twente's commitment to environmental innovations. The support of the UT Climate Centre allows the team to gain valuable insights and contribute to ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption on campus.