Manchester Metropolitan University partnered with Siemens UK and Manchester City Council for Triangulum, a five-year €25 million project funded by the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.
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Nearly 600 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Brooks Building to provide low carbon energy on campus. A Siemens Lithium Ion battery has also been installed to reduce demand on the energy network at peak times, all controlled by intelligent technology.
It was the Energy Management and Optimisation aspect of the project that won the Public Building Energy Project of the Year award at the 2018 Energy Awards, run by EMAP Publishing, against four other nominees.
Boosting our smart city credentials
Helena Tinker, Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University, said: “We are thrilled to be testing and researching new ideas and concepts on our campus.
“Being part of the Triangulum project allows us to support the whole of Manchester to become a smart city. We’re excited to see what the next few years of the project brings.”
Bamidele Adebisi, Professor in Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, was principal investigator and project lead for Triangulum at Manchester Metropolitan University.
He said: “We are delighted to have won the award and it is testament to the hard work of those involved, especially colleagues from the Faculty of Science and Engineering and from the Environment Team.
“Not just Brooks Building but the whole of Birley Campus is a ‘living lab’, allowing us to study people’s reactions to the technology and their approach to sustainability.
“We have been able to use Triangulum as an opportunity to embed research and training in the curriculum and I have Masters students using the project as part of their coursework.
“Because of the success of Triangulum and other projects such as CityVerve we are seen as a leader in smart cities and smart buildings and there have been many other people who have contacted us to discuss projects.”