The University of Windsor is one of Canada’s most personal comprehensive, student‐centred universities. Located in the City of Windsor, the University offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs across nine faculties with enrollment of approximately 16,500 full‐ and part‐time students.
The University’s reason for being is summed up in its mission statement:
Enabling people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement.
The University main campus uses approximately 13,000,000 cubic metres of natural gas and approximately 50,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. In 1993 the University installed a cogeneration system (natural gas turbine) that produced approximately 12,000 lbs. of steam and displaced approximately 25,000,000 kWh of electricity per year.
For over 30 years the University has participated in energy programs. As a learning institution, the University of Windsor strives to be as efficient as possible to fulfill our mission.
The University has participated in several programs over the years with the most recent being the “Energy Manager” program.
“Our experience with the programs have been excellent. Utilities companies’ technical staff have been very helpful with ideas and support,” says Dan Castellan, Manager of Facility Planning, Renovations and Construction.
Other projects being developed are greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects, HVAC and controls upgrades, turbine water injection and improvements to campus lighting.
“Energy management is important to the University of Windsor because it allows us to understand our energy usage on campus, stratify our usage and compare it to institutional and industry benchmarks,” explains Dan Castellan. “Once we fully understand our energy usage, we can analyze it to determine wastes and develop solutions and projects to reduce our campus energy footprint and costs. Energy programs and incentives assist with the sharing of best practices and improve project benefit cost ratios to support energy improvement initiatives on campus.”
Here’s a quick look at a few of the many SaveOnEnergy programs that the University of Windsor has participated in:
Installed energy meters (Electricity, Steam, Chilled Water) in various campus buildings including the boiler and refrigeration plants. Chilled water pumps were converted to variable volume control with new variable frequency drives. The calculated energy savings was approximately 685mWh for the 2015 operating year.
Savings: $109,600 (estimated)
Exterior Lighting with Centralized Controls Campus “Quad” Area
Upgraded 33 outside lighting fixtures on the main campus to LED fixtures. In addition to energy saving, better lighting distribution and illumination will be achieved.
Savings: $2,270 (estimated)
Interior lighting retrofit at Lambton Tower (6th and 7th floors)
Upgraded office lighting fixtures on two floors in Lambton Tower to LED fixtures through the Retrofit program. Included are lighting controls (motion infrared sensors with daylight harvesting).
Savings: $12,757 (estimated)
Interior Lighting Retrofit – 5 buildings
Upgraded the lighting fixtures in five buildings (Chrysler Hall Tower, Chrysler Hall South, Chrysler Hall North, Erie Hall and Lambton Tower). This included the installation of lighting controls (motion/ infrared sensors). Total building area of 319,625 sq.ft. and approximately 6,757 fixtures.
Savings: $221,159 (estimated)
Chilled Water Optimization (Chillers) (CRP & ECC)
Carried out a detailed engineering study at the Central Refrigeration Plant (CRP) and at the Energy Conversion Centre (ECC) through the Existing Building Commissioning program. The study will evaluate the current chillers, cooling towers and associated pumps and fans through a preliminary scoping and data analysis of the cooling system operations and provide in‐depth technical and financial information. This information will help develop an Energy Efficiency Project that will incorporate operational, replacement and retrofit opportunities that will provide energy and cost savings for the facilities.
Savings: $242,810 (estimated)