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Boyce Thompson Institute's ECI Project Saves $80,000 and 113 Tons CO2 Annually

Submitted May 12, 2016

Article by Lisa Hogarty

By upgrading and optimizing the majority of the main air handlers for the building and upgrading the legacy controls on the hot water heating systems, the ECI project has created a more comfortable workspace for the Boyce Thompson occupants.

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Seizing energy from the rooftops!

Submitted Jan 29, 2016

Article by Blaine Friedlander

Thanks to nearly 300 solar panels installed on both buildings in mid-December, the sun's rays hitting the roof on Cornell's Human Ecology Building and Klarman Hall now produce energy.

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Olin Chemistry Research Wing ECI Project Saves $246,000 and 440 Tons CO2 Annually

Submitted Jan 29, 2016

Article by Lisa Hogarty

The ECI team replaced all space controls which were at end of life and not performing correctly with new controls and re-commissioned to new occupancy based airflows. They also replaced 88 variable air volume boxes in areas where old boxes no longer worked; all reheat control valves to electric valves and installed airflow stations on main exhaust system along with new controls to monitor exhaust airflow. Control logic was added to sum up ventilation air on supply boxes.

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Campus water: New cooling loops save millions of gallons

Submitted Jan 29, 2016

Article by Blaine Friedlander

Cornell utilities engineer Garret Quist has designed two new projects at Cornell's Central Energy Plant aims to significantly cut campus water use by millions of gallons a year.

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Appel Controls Upgrade ECI Project Saves $75,000 and 220 Tons CO2 Annually

Submitted Jul 28, 2015

Article by Lisa Hogarty

$75,000 and 220 tons/per year carbon equivalent are saved annually with Appel Controls Upgrade

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Restored turbines more efficient than ever!

Submitted May 18, 2015

Article by Blaine Friedlander

Crews used a heavy crane May 12 to lift the second reconditioned Ossberger crossflow turbine into Cornells Hydroelectric Plant in Fall Creek gorge. The plant generates 2 percent of the universitys electricity.