The Tennis Centre is part of the University of Wales Institute Cardiff’s (UWIC) Cyncoed centre of excellence and forms an integral part of UWIC’s sport and leisure facilities.
RUMM were asked to work in conjunction with UWIC to conduct a pilot study on reducing consumption as the Tennis Centre was accounting for 7% of the campus’ electricity consumption equating to some 135,000MWh per annum.
Working closely with UWIC’s estates department, the newly installed aM&T system permitted the identification of several areas needing improvement. RUMM’s sophisticated internet based analytical software suite (IBASS) showed that consumption was independent of occupancy level. A site inspection revealed that the main electricity consumption was found to be the main tennis hall court lighting.
As the existing manual control system was clearly not being used to its maximum potential in such a busy environment, UWIC and DJM Electrical Systems Ltd were able to design a new system incorporating occupancy sensing and push button controls that provided individual occupied court lighting for 60 minutes, whilst maintaining a safe level on the remaining unused courts.
Rapid reductions were achieved with an initial saving of £4,100 achieved. An average 20% saving has been forecast with payback in just 9 months.
WHY IT WORKED
Working in close partnership with UWIC allowed RUMM to create a bespoke solution which demonstrated a good balance between reducing waste energy consumption, without affecting the standards required by elite athletes.