Running efficiently means managing your energy. Labs, fume hoods, cleanrooms, multiple facilities—the biotech industry has its own energy challenges and requirements. That's why the energy companies offer a range of rebates and incentives to businesses that participate in energy efficiency programs that are designed to help you operate profitably and sustainably. OpTerra engineers and design consultants have used their biotech expertise and FDA-GMP understanding to create effective energy solutions for biotech businesses.
Data centers and computer labs are extremely energy intensive. Data center energy consumption is driven by demand for greater computing capacity, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this demand has been increasing by approximately 12 percent per year. The EPA estimates that data centers currently use approximately 53 billion kWh of electricity annually. This has a cost of over $3 billion and results in over 70 billion tons of CO2 production released to the atmosphere. As energy costs continue to trend upward, it is increasingly critical from a business standpoint that data center/computer lab owners use best practices to reduce energy consumption.
OpTerra has a proven track record of designing and implementing comprehensive energy service solutions for commercial and industrial facilities. We are sensitive to capital budgeting and the desire to minimize paybacks on infrastructure improvement investments. Our engineers review projects holistically and develop a range of information that facility managers can review to support investment decisions including greenhouse gas emission reductions, onsite energy generation, and increased levels of occupant and patron comfort. We also can identify opportunities to offset utility bills through participation in utility demand response programs.
Modern buildings have complex systems that include lighting, HVAC, and mechanical components. Often times these systems are not in sync with how the buildings are being occupied and/or utilized, and without proper control over how these systems are run, significant amounts of energy can be wasted. Building Automation Systems (BAS) are used to automatically control how these systems are functioning, and can be setup to optimize the building's various components to match the needs of its occupants.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that health care organizations spend more than $8.5 billion on energy each year, equivalent to $9,000 per hospital bed – a number that rises annually to meet patients’ needs. Facing constrained budgets, health care administrators often must choose between deferring facility improvements and basic maintenance or cutting investments in technology and staff. By implementing energy-efficiency measures, health care facilities can save money, help prevent greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and support their commitment to public health.
ENERGY STAR recently estimated that America’s 47,000 hotels spend an average of $2,200 per room each year on energy. At 6-percent of a hotel’s operating budget, energy costs are the fastest growing expense in the lodging industry. Prudent investments in energy efficiency provide hotel owners and operators cost savings that improve operating income and property values.
OpTerra's supermarket solutions offer executives one-stop shopping for their energy conservation needs, including the development of a corporate energy reduction strategy, maximizing available utility incentives and providing financing options for conservation projects.