Credit: Université de Sherbrooke
The High-Tech Center C2MI entrusts SMi Enerpro’s expertise
SMi Enerpro was mandated to carry out the energy optimization of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI), an international center for collaboration and innovation in microelectronics built in 2011, in Bromont.
Managed by the Université de Sherbrooke, C2MI provides laboratory space for high-tech companies that want to do applied research and experimental development. More particularly, these companies are working in micro-electronic mechanical systems (MEMS) and semiconductor packaging.
This center brings together more than 25 high-tech companies such as IBM, Teledyne Dalsa, NXP, Semtech, Mems Vision, Avernaa, Fiarex, Cogiscan Hoskin Scientific, etc. These reputable companies rent these premises in order to allow their researchers to develop technologies that will revolutionize our day-to-day life tomorrow.
SMi Enerpro energy efficiency mandate started in 2014 with a feasibility study followed by the preparation of plans and specifications in early 2015. The plans and specifications described the optimization work in the following areas:
- Air distribution systems
- Fresh air supply systems
- Chilled and hot water systems
- Stabilization of humidity levels
This work was completed in February 2016. The final construction costs were $ 410,000 and do not include subsidies worth approximately $50,000. The energy savings in electricity and natural gas are in line with the feasibility study’s projected annual savings of $210,000.
After three months of operation and seasonal temperatures standardization, the results exceed by over 20% the savings forecasted in the preliminary studies. In addition, this project provides a return on investment period of less than two years for the customer with a PRI of 1.7 year.
Another success story for the professionals at SMi Enerpro.