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NUI Galway, Enerit in major EU research

Monday, July 28 14:17:27

An EU-funded project that includes NUI Galway and Enerit has developed new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20pc in power-hungry airports.

Every summer millions of Europeans descend upon the continent's airports and, as airport users explode in number, so does the cost and environmental footprint of running an airport.

With airports consuming as much power as small cities, European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20pc in airports. Pilot testing is taking place in Rome's Fiumicino and Milan's Malpensa. The new system, called CASCADE, will save these Italian airports at least some 6000 MWh, which equates to 42,000 tons of CO2 and E840,000 a year.

Mike Brogan, from Galway-based Enerit explains "Core to achieving these significant energy savings is the completion of energy saving actions proposed by the new fault detection systems using software developed by Enerit. Participation in EU projects such as CASCADE allows Enerit to research and develop new and innovative energy management software in partnership with the best research organisations in Europe."

Partners in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Serbia are working on the new system, supported by E2.6 million of EU funding. The Airports Council International Europe representing over 450 airports on our continent - has committed its support to the project, meaning we will start to see wider use of this new system from 2015.

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