Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

NovaUCD-based Lightwave Technologies launches its ICE system which can reduce energy consumption ...

07.03.2007
... by up to 30% for commercial buildings

NovaUCD-based Lightwave Technologies today announced the commercial launch of a new energy management and control system known as ICE (Intelligent Control of Energy) in Ireland and the UK.

The ICE system can save up to 30% of the gas and up to 20% of the electricity consumption associated with operating commercial buildings. This reduction in energy consumption has the potential to significantly impact the carbon emissions of commercial buildings which are contributing to global warming whilst also reducing energy bills. NovaUCD is the Innovation and Technology Transfer System at UCD.

Lightwave Technologies is an environmental technology start-up company founded by Nicholas McNulty. The ICE system which works in conjunction with existing building management systems (BMS) uses advanced artificial intelligence techniques to make real-time and efficient decisions for controlling the energy consumption in commercial buildings while maintaining existing comfort levels.

The ICE system has already been installed in the 12,000 m2 Q-Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin owned and operated by the Quinn Group, and several large commercial buildings in London and Manchester. Lightwave Technologies plans to install the ICE system in over 70 buildings in the UK during 2007.

Speaking about this significant development for the company, Nicholas McNulty, said, “The launch of ICE represents the successful completion of over three years of research and development.” He added, “We now have a world-class product capable of making very significant real-time thermal energy savings thereby reducing energy costs in all kinds of large commercial real-estate while also making significant reductions in associated CO2 emissions.”

Lightwave Technologies has partnered with the OCS Group one of the world’s largest facility management companies. OCS will facilitate the installation and ongoing support of the ICE system into a wide variety of commercial buildings across the UK.

The ICE system communicates with the existing BMS in a building via the internet or any other IP network. It collects data remotely from the building (e.g. inside/outside air temperatures, solar radiation etc), and after analysing this data learns the building’s unique thermodynamic footprint and how the building behaves over various external weather conditions. The ICE system then communicates in real-time with the BMS to, for example, optimally control the start/stop times of boilers, chillers and air-handling units for every floor and zone within the building while maintaining existing comfort levels and at the same time significantly reducing energy consumption and reducing the energy costs.

Lightwave Technologies was founded by Nicholas McNulty in 2003 and located to NovaUCD in 2004. Lightwave Technologies is a former winner of the NovaUCD Campus Company Development Programme.

Dr Pat Frain, Director, NovaUCD said, “The commercial launch of Lightwave Technologies’ ICE system marks a significant breakthrough for this NovaUCD-based company.” He added, “Lightwave Technology has developed and tested its innovative technology over the last number of years and it is fantastic to see this energy saving technology entering the marketplace at a time when there is a growing awareness of critically important environmental issues.”

Miceal Whelan | alfa
Further information:
http://www.ucd.ie

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Upcycling 'fast fashion' to reduce waste and pollution
03.04.2017 | American Chemical Society

nachricht Litter is present throughout the world’s oceans: 1,220 species affected
27.03.2017 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Fighting drug resistant tuberculosis – InfectoGnostics meets MYCO-NET² partners in Peru

28.04.2017 | Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract

28.04.2017 | Medical Engineering

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

28.04.2017 | Earth Sciences

Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

28.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>