Technologies

CEREB and the new K2 building host many different forms of energy efficient and renewable technologies. All of these are working to provide the services to the 8,500 m2 of the K2 building and CEREB. We monitor and collect data from all of these technologies to understand the performance of technologies in urban setting. One of the key features of CEREB is the 'plug and play' facility. These small sections of the centre enable manufacturers to test new and different technologies in real enviroments.

Offsite, technologies are also monitored.

Weather station

Weather Station

electronically monitors external weather conditions. The station is connected to devices which measure wind speed, sunshine duration, sun intensity, temperature, humidity and rain fall quantity.

Pyranometer

Pyranometer

is connected to the weather station and measures sun intensity in W/m2.

Thermal Wheel

Thermal Wheel

provides 80 % heat recovery in Skanair Air Handling Units. One of the Air Handling Units in K2/CEREB has a glass panel to demonstrate the operation of thermal wheel.

Phase change materials

Phase Change Materials

Containers produced by Phase Change Materials Limited provide 12.88 kWh thermal energy storage and are used to assist with the regulation of temperature in CEREB.

PlusIce eutectic solution provides 12.88 kWh thermal energy storage that preheats the supply air to CEREB.

Solar Fibre Optics

Solar Fibre Optics

3 No. Parans solar panels provide daylight into the CEREB seminar room through 12 No. 9,5 m long RS232 Belden type multi-core copper LSF PVC sheathed cabling. Collectors, which trace the sun throughout the day, send sunlight down to 12 No. internal Parans luminaries with 2 No. 28 W T5 linear fluorescent tubes each.

3 No. “Parans” solar panels

Each panel has 62 No. ”Frensel” pivot – suspended optical lenses

12 No. 9,5 m long RS232 Belden type multi-core copper LSF PVC sheathed cabling

12 No. internal “Parans” luminaries

Each luminarie has 2 No. 28 W T5 linear fluorescent tubes

  • 3 No. “Parans” solar panels
  • Each panel has 62 No. ”Frensel” pivot – suspended optical lenses
  • 12 No. 9,5 m long RS232 Belden type multi-core copper LSF PVC sheathed cabling
  • 12 No. internal “Parans” luminaries
Evacuated Tubes

Evacuated Tubes

19 No. Riomay direct flow roof mounted Evacuated tube collectors provide 27.151 kWp heating of the hot water for K2 building. Water is predominantly heated by the evacuated tubes and is supplemented by a gas boilers when required.

  • Capacity of a single collector: 1.429 kWp
  • No. of collectors: 19
  • Total capacity: 27.151 kWp
PV Panels

PV Panels

48 No. Sharp PV panels witha a total capacity of 8.4 kWp incorporate in five differently orientated PV arrays on the roof of CEREB which feed into the K2 building's electricity supply.

Single panel: 175 Wp

Number of Panels: 48

Total: 8,4 KWp

CEREB has five differently orientated PV arrays which feed into the K2 building's electricity supply. Single panel: 175 Wp, Number of Panels: 48, Total: 8,4 KWp.

  • Number of Panels: 48
  • Capacity of a single panel: 175 Wp
  • Total capacity: 8,4 KWp
PV Test bed

PV Test Bed

Allows the comparison of different types of PV technologies.This Plug & Play facility is avaliable for manufacturers to study performance of PV panels in real enviroment.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)

4 No. WaterFurnance International GSHP provide 480 kW heating for the entire K2 building using the heat from the ground, and, through reverse cycle technology also provide 500 kW cooling in the summer. The heat is transfered from ground through closed loop system with 159 structural piles each about 23 meters deep in the foundations of the building. There are 33 thermocouples installed in different depths of a selection of the piles to study ground behaviour.

Absorption Chiller at CEREB

Absorption Chiller

SolarNext AG packaged single effect amonia/water absorption chiller provides 12 kW cooling to CEREB.

allows cooling in CEREB through amonia cycle. During the phase changes of amonia is absorbed in the the cycle and the supply water is being cooled and supplied back to the air handling units.

Combined heat & power unit

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Unit

Baxi Ecogen is proposed to be installed in CEREB. This will provide 6 kWth heating and 1 kW electricity and allows tri - generation option in CEREB by connecting it to the absorption chiller for cooling.

PV integrated roof light

PV Integrated Roof Light

4 No. Glazing Vision fixed glass modules with 160 No. Romag integrated PV cells allow light to shine into the lobby of CEREB whilst also generating 560 Wp electricity.

Building management system

Building Management System (BMS)

CEREB/K2 uses Honeywell BMS powered by Niagra Software. BMS provides real time operation of each technology in K2 and CEREB.

Workplace Footprint Tracker

Workplace Footprint Tracker (WFT)

Is the Building Sustainability data analysis tool used at CEREB. The WFT provides hourly generation data and consumption data of the K2 building for each technology.