94 percent energy and running costs saved

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The installation of an automation system on select refrigeration plant at Flemington Racecourse has resulted in day one energy savings of 94 percent in refrigerated energy consumption and running costs.

Day one energy savings of 94 percent in refrigerated energy consumption and running costs have been achieved at Flemington Racecourse following the installation of an automation system on select refrigeration plant at the racecourse by AE Smith.
The Energy Saving Refrigeration System piloted allows the refrigeration plant to go into energy saving mode when the system is not required, then cooling down to normal operating temperature several days prior to an event and continuing to run as normal for several days after an event, at which point energy saving mode begins again. It is anticipated that the Victoria Racing Club will be able to save up to 60 percent in energy over the course of a year.
“We were surprised by how much energy could be saved by varying the temperature by only a few degrees. The trial showed that we were conservatively saving energy between 20 and 22 percent, and that was during our peak periods. We expect to find even greater savings as we continue to test more often during non-peak times,” Mark Davies, executive general manager of Flemington, notes.
According to Davies, being able to control and monitor refrigeration plant via the internet has also proved invaluable. He adds that an unexpected benefit was how reducing the workload of the plant and equipment resulted in greater longevity and maintenance cost savings.

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