Energy Efficient Laboratory Equipment
Thursday, October 7
Hosted by the University of California
Laboratory equipment energy use constitutes between
10 to as much as 50 percent of the total energy use in a lab (not
including associated cooling energy use). However, there has been
little attention paid to this as an area for efficiency improvements,
partly because of the real and perceived lack of energy-efficient
choices in lab equipment, and the lack of data on energy use characteristics
of lab equipment.
During the 2003 Labs21 conference, we held a roundtable discussion
with manufacturers, purchasers, specifiers, and others interested
in collaborating on these issues. During the discussion, the group
decided that of the plug-in equipment, refrigerators and freezers
were among the heavier energy users.
In 2004, conference participants continued this important discussion.
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