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Introduction to the ER4SeR project by Jem Taylor, University of the Highlands and Islands

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  1. 1. ER4SeR Project Jem Taylor University of the Highlands and Islands University of the Highlands and Islands
  2. 2. <ul><li>Campus typically has a single central server room where recoverable heat is concentrated, but what to use it for? </li></ul><ul><li>Space heating: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maybe a single central plant, but might not be near server room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not required all year round – in winter can use all the heat we can give </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to turn warm air into hot water – Air-Source heat pump ? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hot Water (kitchens, toilet blocks): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Might be fed from main heat plant, or individual cylinders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used all year round but might not need enough input energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easiest way to use server room heat is to pipe warm air directly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check building codes (especially fire safety) and seasonal demand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes might inform future building design rather than lead to interventions in existing building . . . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Inverness College – Longman Campus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited life building – five years max before move to new out-of-town campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest of the three sites – most potential to use recovered energy ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban 1960’s style technical college and now a UHI datacentre </li></ul></ul>Sites <ul><li>UHI – Ness Walk building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HQ building – under 100 occupants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original UHI datacentre – largest potential source of recoverable energy ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three heating plants (one per floor) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic design: 1802 listed building shell, refurbished 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lews Castle College – Stornoway campus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small semi-rural further education college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic design: several standalone buildings from 1960’s to present day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT energy use planned to shrink and move away to main UHI datacentres </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perth College – Brahan Building, Crieff Road Campus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer planned life building, with no recent flooding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest of the three sites – most potential to use recovered energy ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban 1960’s style building will be a UHI datacentre </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Ness Walk Datacentre Server Room Boiler Plant (x3) Per floor VC Suite and Board Room
  5. 5. Lews Castle College UHI Stornoway Campus Main Server Room Boiler Plant Research Group Server Room
  6. 6. Inverness College UHI Longman Campus <ul><li>There may be an existing Building Management System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That does NOT mean that anyone ever looks at it  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can’t trust the electrical power drawings either </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It takes a LONG time to get permanent per-circuit metering installed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrolment Change Freeze </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiate power-downs where needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiate whether power-downs are needed! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long lead time for supply of equipment – need to select then bulk order </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PhD Researchers and Electrical Contractors don’t really mix . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the right equipment – DIN enclosure, not laboratory panel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take an IT services approach to power – just give researchers the data  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warm Air is potentially usable directly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could change server room to forced air cooling, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duct warm air (at 25 C or above) into central stairwell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much cheaper than alternative solutions – low risk investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would slash winter-time building heating costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will still need cooling or venting plant for summer-time </li></ul>Server Room Boiler Plant We have learned that …