We are in the process of significantly increasing the amount of photovoltaic (PV) panels on roofs at Penryn Campus. We will be fitting more than 1700 new panels to the roofs of Daphne Du Maurier, Peter Lanyon and the Sports Centre. These will add to existing panels already installed on campus and save energy and money for future investments and improvements.
Once complete, the newly installed solar panels will have a total capacity of 775 kW with an estimated 700,000 kWh per year generated; carbon savings of 149 tonnes CO2 per year and energy cost savings of about £150,000 per year (based on 2022 energy costs).
The Peter Lanyon building lighting and controls are in the process of being upgraded with LED lighting being installed.
A heat decarbonisation project is being planned with the ESI building identified as a suitable space to trial replacing the gas boilers with ground source heat pumps.
All eligible laboratories on campus have now achieved Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) accreditation. This accreditation aims to help labs become more efficient, thus reducing costs, waste and carbon emissions. Eight of our labs In Truro and Penryn have achieved bronze status and we also have a gold status lab plus two silver status labs on Penryn Campus.