Universities look for intelligence of the artificial kind

Universities across the UK are trialling artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in a bid to cut energy costs in campus buildings by nearly a third. Procurement experts The Energy Consortium (TEC) and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Universities across the UK are trialling artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in a bid to cut energy costs in campus buildings by nearly a third.

Procurement experts The Energy Consortium (TEC) and energy assets service AMR-DNA are running a pilot scheme involving Anglia Ruskin, Bath, Bristol, Newcastle, Regents and York universities.

They aim to scan large volumes of smart meter consumption data from hundreds of existing buildings and use AI input to identify energy waste, improve efficiency and cut costs.

The software they will use has been developed by kWIQly.

CEO James Ferguson said: “As technology enables and as climate change really starts to bite, we must deliver solutions suited to overlooked and complex energy issues where so much goes unmanaged.

“If an energy manager can reduce energy spend by 30% or more in single buildings without major investment, then it is essential that waste is identified and savings are tracked automatically at scale. Simply put, this allows their energy management expertise to be greatly amplified.”