Efficient energy management at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

The main objective of the OPERE project is to implement efficient management systems in energy grids in a pilot plant consisting of a buildings complex located on the Campus Vida at the Universidad Santiago de Compostela. It involves a energy management demo project that will provide quantitative results on reduced consumption and a reduction in the emission of pollutant gases associated with the measures implemented. These results could be used as a model to be applied to other buildings with similar characteristics both at the University itself and at other public and private institutions.

Universities today consist of large, and in many cases, old buildings that have been subject to modifications or extensions over the years and that can have a very high level of associated energy consumption. The energy refurbishment of Buildings Complexes represents a huge challenge and also a need to reduce both high levels of consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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At the end of the 1990s, with the aim of tackling the energy problems existing in many of its buildings, the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC) launched an Energy Optimisation Programme (EOP) through which they seek, among other objectives, rationalisation of energy expenditure within the University and a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases in response to the environmental policies implemented by the European Union some years ago.

Article published in: FuturENERGY November-December 2014