The standard of applications for the 2017 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards was exceptionally high. View the successful shortlisted projects for 2017.
See all of the finalists in each category below.
Large Business Energy Management - Sponsored by ESB
Allergan Clonshaugh Dublin, is a global pharmaceutical company that employs 320 people. The company had an Energy Treasure Hunt programme which promoted energy awareness onsite through team involvement with colleagues, vendors and other energy specialists. Energy teams made up of 69 contributors found energy saving opportunities in manufacturing, lighting, steam, chilled water, compressed air and electrical distribution. The diverse nature of these multi-disciplinary teams was a key factor to the initiative’s success.
As a result, 48 quantified projects were identified with direct cost savings of almost €0.5 million. Many sub-projects are already complete with savings assured through use of appropriate Measurement and Verification protocols. This energy saving methodology proved to be a highly efficient and effective approach. It has high replication value nationally and internationally.
Dairygold Food Ingredients is one of Ireland leading dairy manufacturing companies with a workforce of over 400 employees. They have four processing sites across Cork with two sites in Mitchelstown certified to ISO50001 since 2013. Over the past 18 months seven projects were completed including Cleaning In Place optimization of three evaporators, biogas boiler installation (the largest in Europe), and a project in the waste water treatment plant which has delivered large savings.
Along with these programmes, there are ongoing maintenance projects to improve operational efficiency of steam system, traps, condensate return and compressed air systems. The benefits of the structured approach has resulted in large, verified energy savings of over 7.67 GW. The projects carried out were relatively low cost while delivering quick payback and savings of €0.3 million. The majority of these projects can also be replicated in other food and pharma industries.
Minch Malt is Ireland’s oldest and largest malt producer for the brewing and distilling industry, producing malt from 100% Irish spring barley. They are based in Athy Maltings, Co. Kildare and employ 70 people. Minch Malt are implementing ISO 50001. As part of this, they have developed a 5 year energy roadmap and are benchmarking plant equipment across the 11 sites in the Boortmalt Group.
They have also carried out an energy awareness campaign, a monitoring and targeting system and process optimisation in the malting plant. They have upgraded equipment including variable speed drives on the air compressor and LED lighting. They are a fully verified member of Origin Green. Minch Malt demonstrates the success that can be achieved when parties have a common goal and a clear vision. The success of the team is evident from the energy reduction of almost €0.5 million on the site.
Mitie Facilities & Vodafone Ireland
Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with over two million customers across the company’s mobile and fixed line business. The company has implemented and maintained ISO50001 across the entire Vodafone Ireland portfolio which includes Vodafone HQ office block, Vodafone data centres, nationwide base stations (approximately 2300), and their nationwide retail stores and transport fleet.
The success of delivering this project was assisted greatly by a collaborative effort. Subject matter experts from a range of different fields provide ongoing support to assist in maintaining and improving the Vodafone Ireland energy management system (EnMS). As a result, they have implemented a significant number of energy saving projects.
The EnMS system utilizes over 2,600 meters that output a high level overview of the performance of all sites. Collaborative efforts between the energy team and subject matter experts brought about new innovative ways to access the performance of different users and facilities. Vodafone Ireland project annual energy savings of €0.45 million per annum.
Large Business Energy Project - Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland
Astellas (AICL) Kerry Plant
Astellas Ireland Kerry Plant is a pharmaceutical company, manufacturing a range of health treatments which are distributed globally from Killorglin. Energy Efficient Design Standard IS399 was implemented onsite in 2016 for three projects including; canteen expansion, compressed air upgrade and chiller plant upgrade. Collectively they delivered annual energy savings of 1.7GWh and €135,000 cost savings. Astellas identified the key areas for continuous improvement through the application of energy efficient design.
This holistic approach allowed them to ensure energy improvements through design excellence are applied into all future expansions. The process has allowed Astellas to become a leader in the application of IS399 Energy Efficient Design Management Standard and following the success of the three projects completed to date, a further 6 projects are currently underway.
Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is one of the best known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. It has its largest manufacturing facility in Waterford where it employs 1,400 people to manufacture their contact lenses (medical division) and tablets (pharmaceutical division). The company installed a complex CHP system designed in house and driven by the site demand, for electrical and thermal usage.
The CHP has 3.3MWe output incorporating a gas reciprocating engine, with a combined heat recovery system generating both steam and low grade heat. The economic benefits include payback of 2.7 years, and delivered annual cost savings exceeding €1.3 million annually. This successful and proven CHP project serves as an ideal example to demonstrate to the market that CHPs are a reliable technology to save energy and cut carbon emissions.
Kerry Foods Carrickmacross
Kerry Foods Carrickmacross employ 470 people and are leading manufacturers of frozen ready meals. They supply both the retail and food service industry in UK and Ireland. Kerry Foods recovered waste heat from compressed air and industrial refrigeration systems using de-super heaters.
By installing a new 100m3 fully insulated hot water storage tank, with a high efficiency boiler and distribution systems, it was possible to prepare and store the recovered hot water to the desired temperature to meet the full requirements for the site’s hot water demand. This removed the need for steam as a heating medium. This project uses energy management principles and is repeatable in numerous industries such as meat, dairy, convenience foods and pharma. The company is saving €0.23 million on annual energy costs from this clever recovered waste heat project.
Pfizer Ringaskiddy manufacture and export bulk pharmaceuticals. It was one of the first US pharmaceutical business to locate in Ireland in 1969. Over the last two years, Pfizer has implement seven large projects which form part of the sites' sustainability programme. The aim is to lower their carbon footprint by 20% by 2020, in line with the Pfizer corporate sustainability goals.
Projects were focused on improving energy efficiency of the plant itself and upgrades included chiller optimisation, LED lighting, steam recovery, HVAC, insulation and cooling water pressure control. The projects in Pfizer Ringaskiddy are excellent examples of how significant energy and CO2 savings can be achieved within a live operating plant. Annual savings of over €0.26 million are being achieved. Looking to the future the site is investigating potential renewable energy generation options onsite.
Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre
Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre is a purpose built leisure and outdoor adventure centre with 30 employees located in Gorey, Co.Wexford. The Centre completed an intensive energy efficiency upgrade program which included a range of electrical and thermal upgrades. These included upgrades to the air handling unit, building energy management system, pump replacement, variable speed drives, LED lighting and the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof.
Fabric upgrades included draught proofing measures and the installation of automatic doors. These measures coupled with the upgrade of the existing biomass boiler has resulted in savings of over 12% of energy consumption. This whole building approach has resulted in energy cost savings of just over €40,000.
Iverk Produce (O’Shea Farms) is a vegetable processor of five generations that employees 150 people in the rural village of Piltown South Kilkenny. Iverk Produce was established in 1980 by the O'Shea family to supply high quality fresh fruit and vegetables to supermarkets, wholesalers, hotels, restaurants, retail shops and catering services. The O'Shea's primary objective is to become the most sustainable farming practice in the country. An energy audit helped to identify the energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.
A variety of measures including: LED lighting, solar PV and refrigeration upgrades were successfully installed with funding through SEAI’s Better Energy Communities programme. Savings of €60,000 were achieved in the first year. €25,000 in the form of energy credit payments obtained through the obligated parties scheme were all donated to local communities.
M50 Concession Ltd
M50 Concession Ltd is the PPP company responsible for the M50 upgrade works completed in 2010 and the ongoing maintenance of the M50 motorway until 2042. It currently employs 23 staff. The M50 Streetlight Dimming Project involved installing a power control unit at each of the 106 supply points on the M50 motorway and adjoining interchanges.
The power controllers reduce the output voltage to the lights at set times of the night depending on traffic flows. Although the dimming effect is barely noticeable to the naked eye, the project has delivered 43% energy saving equating to just over €300,000 annually. Similar projects can be easily replicated by other motorway maintenance companies.
St John of God Hospital CLG
St John of God Hospital is an independent mental health service provider regulated and provides inpatient, outpatient and day services from the 183-bed facility located in Stillorgan, Co.Dublin. St John of God implemented a suite of energy saving measures at their site in Stillorgan under a five year Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Aramark. The measures included the replacement of the hot water boilers, upgrading the Building Energy Management System, and LED Lighting.
The hospital also replaced the majority of single-glazed windows in the building with Low E double-glazed units. Collectively the measures have contributed to impressive saving of €51,000 in energy costs. St John of God Hospital has demonstrated that by committing to a process, and utilising an EPC model, substantial energy consumption, cost and carbon savings can be achieved in the healthcare sector in Ireland.
Public Sector - Sponsored by Enprova
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA)
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is a commercial semi state organisation employing almost 3000 people with responsibility for delivering aviation and aerodrome services in Irish airports. DAA is actively engaged in a wide range of energy saving and energy management solutions across a range of services in the Dublin airport. Its projects have delivered consistent savings despite the 38% increase in passenger numbers using the airport over the past four years.
Energy projects completed to date include: LED and mast lighting upgrades, installation of smart metering and chiller upgrades, fabric upgrades to a number of buildings along with water saving initiatives. Energy Efficient Design is now being applied to large project upgrades, ISO 50001 certification is being pursued and CHP upgrades are in planning stage. These projects have resulted in annual energy savings of 3GWh and cost savings of over €150,000.
Dublin City Council and Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency (Codema) acts as energy advisor to the Dublin local authorities; Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council. Its focus is to help these local authorities reduce carbon emissions and to assist with meeting national and EU targets. To achieve these goals, they have brought some innovation to their delivery model by developing an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), a first for local authorities in Ireland.
This mitigates the financial risk for energy projects by transferring it to an independent service provider, thus ensuring better value for public sector expenditure whilst improving the quality of public services offered. This project is delivering over 35% energy reduction and €165,000 annual energy savings. This project is a very good example of performance contracting and points the way for others to follow.
An Garda Síochána
An Garda Síochána is the first police force in the world to achieve ISO 50001 certification and is among the leading public sector organisations in Ireland on track to meet their 2020 targets for energy performance. They have achieved this by prioritising the low cost opportunities, increasing energy awareness, providing training for staff and maintaining good operational control on their significant energy users.
Through focused efforts in structured energy management and by introducing renewable initiatives and optimising energy performance: the strategy team have delivered annual savings of 2.6GWh and almost €0.25 million in cost savings. The savings accrued are ring fenced and then re-diverted to support future energy saving initiatives.
National Ambulance Service
The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) National Ambulance Service (NAS) is continually working to improve the care provided to patients and to provide much more efficient service. They have undertaken a Green Technology Initiative in their fleet of emergency ambulances. Focussing on three key areas of change, the projects are substantially reducing transport fuel emissions generated from their fleet.
The three areas cover driver behaviour - using Audio in Vehicle voice warning to drivers when over speeding by a set % of the national speed limits of roads. Then there is the ECO - Anti Idle System - System which automatically eliminates vehicle idling the only solution that is guaranteed to save fuel. Finally, the solar Photo Voltaic (PV) systems - built onto ambulances which fully charge the vehicles thus eliminating the need for vehicles to plug into national grid.
While other transport fleet operators utilise telematics to monitor use and drive change retrospectively, the National Ambulance Service is the first to make this change happen in real time. Savings of almost €0.75 million p.a. have been achieved since the initiative started.
Bagenalstown Swimming Pool
Bagenalstown Swimming Pool is a community run, outdoor heated swimming pool which first opened in 1947. The pool is run on a voluntary basis so it was important for it to run as cheaply as possible. The energy transition story began in 2004 with the installation of two heat pumps. In 2011, they continued their energy mission with support of Carlow County Council installing variable speed drives on pumps, a pool cover and a solar thermal array to heat water.
In recent years, they further reduced the energy demand by installing LED lighting and SEAI grant aided the installation of the solar photo voltaic array. Within tight budgets and through huge voluntary effort, Bagenalstown Pool has improved energy efficiency, maximised the use of renewables and reused discarded resources to make it an energy champion in the community sector of Carlow. Impressively, the pool is saving almost €70,000 per annum.
Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative CLG
Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative (ECTC) is a voluntary group which is working with active local communities interested in taking part in community retrofit and insulation schemes. The aim is to save energy, save money, create warm homes and generate jobs. The project started with a pilot scheme in 2012 and now includes the parishes of Drombane, Upperchurch, Kilcommon/Rearcross, Birdhill, Lorrha/Rathcabbin. Cloughjordan, Carrig/Riverstown, Loughmore, Borrisokane, Burgess, Puckane and Terryglass.
The approach has brought together rural communities with diverse backgrounds and needs, they focus on what can actively be done to mitigate climate change one step at a time. ECTC have proven, and are continuing to prove, a successful formula for achieving real action and results with over €4 million in cost savings to date.
The Rediscovery Centre
The Rediscovery Centre and Dublin City Council have revamped the old district heating boiler house in Ballymun to create a national centre of excellence. The facility was designed to ensure a minimum carbon footprint in construction and throughout its operational lifetime and it is Europe’s first ‘3D textbook’ environmental education centre.
The centre provides a new concept in experiential learning with installed interactive educational bookmarks and the building demonstrates a wide array of sustainable technologies including: rainwater harvesting, composting toilets, reed bed filtration, biodiversity gardens, photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal panels, CHP, air-to-air heat exchangers, willow coppicing and an interactive building management system. In addition to demonstrating sustainable energy technology, an additional key impact is the significant numbers of visitors to the building who are engaging in public tours, courses and activities relating to effective resource management.
Veolia Ireland PLC
Veolia Ireland, with almost 600 employees, is a leading environmental services company providing a range of energy, waste and water reduction solutions. The Veolia ‘HomeSaver’ scheme is a pilot initiative developed to encourage employees to improve their home’s energy rating, reduce heating bills and increase comfort levels.
The scheme offered employees an interest-free loan and SEAI grant funding together with a contribution from SSE Airtricity to subsidise the costs of the upgrades. The measures installed included wall and roof insulation, window replacement, boiler upgrade, heating controls and solar water heating panels.
The HomeSaver scheme demonstrates how an innovative finance mechanism can be used to overcome the key barriers to investment in energy efficiency improvement in the residential sector. It is a very good example demonstrating how committed management teams, motivated employees and a dedicated human resource department can develop and implement a successful energy home upgrade scheme in a short time frame delivering annual cost savings of €10,000 for the participants.
Energy in Design (including buildings)
AbbVie in Ireland is a modern biopharmaceutical business with a significant portfolio of facilities focussed on novel and breakthrough therapies for tough to treat diseases and other medical needs. In 2013, AbbVie NL BV purchased an old manufacturing facility at Ballytivnan, Sligo and began an ambitious retrofit programme to transform the facility originally constructed in 1974 into an energy efficient centre of excellence for medical device manufacturing.
The programme of activity included: ISO50001 certification, the facility façade, wall and roof upgrades to enhance BER, cleanroom energy optimisation, office, common and external area retrofit incorporating a solar cladding pilot scheme, water distribution system re-design, and using their own well water system. AbbVie partnered with McElroy's Architects, PM and Kirby's Engineering to design and install projects costing €1.3 million on a phased basis over four years and the benefits of these installations are now apparent at the site.
Durkan Residential Ltd is a Dublin based private housing developer who has focused on developing cost effective methods for building energy efficient houses It has used a combination of integrated design and innovative construction methods to build the largest certified Passive House development in Ireland at their site in Citywest. The 58 houses meet Ireland's 2020 target Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) targets and surpass the proposed Building Regulation standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The build costs have been independently certified as costing no more to build than houses of similar standard being built by other developers.
Each house takes only 12 weeks to build and it is estimated the 109 m2 three bed semi-detached will only cost €65/m for all energy services. An integrated approach to design which considers the house as a 'system' has led to synergies in cost and performance. The heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system selected integrates a small heat pump which means renewable energy is utilised to deliver all the domestic hot water. The HRV system continuously distributes the heat and fresh air to all rooms in the house providing a very comfortable environment for home owners.
Lidl Ireland GmbH
This new Lidl headquarters building in Tallaght, Dublin, is a four storey over basement office building for 440 staff. This true success of this project has been one of architecture adventure combined with genuine stakeholder engagement with staff and community alike. BREEAM Excellent certified with an A2 BER rating, it uses an active twin wall unitised façade linked to four weather stations.
The blinds continually respond to the external conditions maintaining a tangible link with the outside for the employees and delivering a very comfortable internal environment. Sustainability is at the core of this buildings design with solar thermal panels servicing hot water requirements, an air source heating pump providing energy for underfloor heating, an intelligent BMS system which controls LED lighting, HVAC and blinds. It also incorporates intelligent natural lighting design and rainwater harvesting.
Exergyn research is based on developing an engine to convert hot water to power. The two main areas of research centred on developing the overall design concept of the engine and the testing and optimisation of the design. It is believed to be the first new engine cycle to be developed since the 1890s and the complete engine has been through several design iterations with a full scale trial engine almost ready for testing later this year. The key enabling technology in the design is shape memory alloy (SMA) which is novel because it can contract when heated.
To enable the technology to become cost effective, the shape memory alloy is thermally cycled between hot and cold states (causing it to contract and expand). In a commercial design it must do this millions of times and this had never been done. Exergyn has had to design endurance test apparatus then test the material to prove the fatigue life. This has potential to be a genuine breakthrough technology. It is expected to be the only zero emission generator that can deliver reliable low-cost power whenever it is needed. It could solve many of the world’s energy problems.
Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)
Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), an independent Research & Technology Organisation employing 30 people, is focused on delivering productivity and industrial energy efficiency solutions to industry. Its project ICEhOuSE is centred on the development of a software tool that continually optimizes the chilled water system in a commercial facility by responding to real-time building loads and changing ambient and occupancy conditions. It also provides a Measurement and Verification (M&V) platform for energy upgrade projects associated with the chilled water system.
Energy savings of up to 20% have been verified from simulations using data sets from existing systems. This tool has the potential to assist businesses to significantly reduce their energy use in one of the most energy intensive services. The tool uses monitored data already available in most chilled water systems to develop the control strategy that can be applied to the system thus delivering real time energy and cost saving benefits. The optimization engine in the program is also generalised and so it can be easily applied to different systems, producing an optimal control strategy using historical data on any site.
Senergy Innovations Ltd
Senergy Innovations Ltd. Belfast, manufacture solar thermal panels from 100% polymer plastic. This makes them less expensive to manufacture and install than current panels that are made of glass, copper and aluminium. The Innovation Team have researched and tested the materials and have worked persistently to develop the Senergy panels which offer lightweight and aesthetic benefits that give the architect much more flexibility with design and are also able to integrate with the digital architecture of the building.
This complete integrated solution, that is central to this research, will allow Senergy to deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable and emission free solar water heating and cooling systems. The launch of Senergy Innovations initial product will position them as a pioneer in a rapidly growing building integrated solar market. Senergy plans to continue research and development in this field with a pipeline of additional products.
Energy Team/Manager of the Year
With almost 3000 employees across six sites, Abbott Ireland has, since 1946, been dedicated to helping people live healthier lives through a diverse range of science-based nutritional products, diagnostic tools and medical devices. The Abbott Ireland collaboration team model came into existence in 2012 as part of implementation of the energy management standard ISO50001. Since then, more Abbott manufacturing sites have joined this programme with energy savings of €1.5million achieved to date. The sites have shared the knowledge and always collaborated together on energy projects.
In addition, the Abbott Ireland collaboration model has seen significant improvements in how all the sites track their data. They also verify the benefits of all their implemented energy efficiency projects to share results in Ireland and with their sister plants throughout the world. Almost 30 significant projects on HVAC, clean rooms, CHP, lighting and heat pump heat recovery have been successfully implemented across all sites. This collaboration has also resulted in standardizing metrics not just within one site or one division, but across different divisions worldwide. Sites involved include; Abbott Diagnostics Sligo, Abbott Diagnostics Longford, Abbott Diabetes Care Donegal, Abbott Nutrition Cootehill, Abbott Nutrition Sligo, and Abbott Vascular Clonmel.
Allied Irish Banks
Allied Irish Banks (AIB) is a financial services group operating predominantly in Republic of Ireland and the UK with over 10,000 employees. Over the past number of years, the AIB Engineering Services Team has implemented the ISO50001 standard. This has been pivotal in supporting the organisation to implement an organisation wide energy management programme delivering numerous benefits and realising energy savings for the bank.
Since 2013, energy consumption at its Ballsbridge headquarters and four head offices has fallen by over 50%. Instrumental in delivering these saving was the team approach with strong leadership and this has delivered consistent savings in excess of €1,000,000 annually. The team implemented a pipeline of efficiency projects that demonstrate a deep understanding of the facilities and processes and which are key to successful and sustainable energy management in their buildings. The AIB Energy Manager has shared the success story at recent conferences and this along with the team’s targeted engagement programme with SMEs has shown how the achievement can stimulate and influence action to the wider business community outside the organisation.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLR) Energy Team objective is to meet energy and climate change targets and to positively influence energy efficiency within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. DLR was the first Dublin Local Authority to achieve full compliance with ISO 50001 Energy Management certification and includes upgrades to public lighting, buildings with high energy use and fleet review.
Central to the County Development Plan, is an aspiration to be carbon neutral. It looks to energy future-proof the county through reduced dependence on fossil fuels by promoting use of IS399 Energy Efficient Design and promoting low energy buildings. DLR is member of the Energy & Climate Covenant of Mayors.
The Energy Team uses energy credits to part fund the roll-out of energy projects and has trialled innovative projects and supported indigenous green business for effective monitoring and control of energy consumption and cost. Exemplar housing upgrades include the retrofit of social houses to EnerPHit standard and new housing built to nZEB and Passive House standards.
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Energy Advisory Group is a cross functional multi-disciplinary team of WIT staff and students promoting energy efficiency in the WIT community. The group meets every six weeks to enable staff and students to bring energy to the agenda of everyday life at WIT as well as at home. WIT is the first Institute of Technology to obtain certification to the ISO50001 Energy Management Standard and currently rank first, best performer with regards to savings in the public sector energy reporting system over other similar third level education bodies. WIT has exceeded its 33% energy saving target, having achieved over 36% and has made cost savings of over €0.3 million.
2017 Gala Awards Event
All finalists have been invited to a black tie gala event on the 9th of November 2017. There the winners will be announced and presented with their awards.