|PSEEG members with David Thomas in the atrium of the Technium|
Sustainability in Action
Members of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were both intrigued and delighted recently to be invited to visit the centrepiece of the Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park at Pembroke Dock. The building, known until recently as the Technium, incorporates many advanced features making it a model of sustainability. So exacting were the standards to which it was built, that it gained the coveted BREEAM 'excellence' award.
On arrival members of the party were welcomed by the manager David Thomas. There were, he said, many advanced features incorporated in the building. Perhaps the most impressive was the rain water harvesting system. The filtered grey water was collected in tanks and the overflow fed into a small carp filled lake. It was most wasteful, said Dave, to use high quality drinking water from the mains to flush toilets. It was more environmentally sound to use the grey water. Bottom water from the lake was even used in hot weather to provide underfloor air conditioning.
Making optimum use of Pembrokeshire's sunshine was the thinking behind the building's unusual roof. Made of stretched clear polycarbonate, this provided the atrium with abundant natural light and also a high level of solar heating. The possibility of excess heat was catered for by an intelligent building management system which automatically opened windows on the warmest days.
Space heating in colder weather was provided by a highly efficient carbon neutral wood pellet boiler which fed a network of underfloor pipes. Not only was all lighting in offices provided by energy efficient lighting units but sensors had been located in most rooms to automatically switch lights on when entry was detected and off when the room emptied.
In the course of the tour Dave explained that now that the Science and Technology Park was coming under the sole control of Pembrokeshire County Council there was a new vision for the future of the site. Milford Haven was a vitally important centre for energy imports to the UK, accounting for 20% of UK's refined petroleum products and 25% of gas. This resulted in many jobs and many firms were needed to service these major industries and spin-offs from them.
The Park provided an ideal base for both established business and new start-up ventures. For the latter 'hot desks' were available with all services provided at very reasonable rates. Particularly exciting was the new High Performance Computer System link with Swansea University. This will attract many business users with the greatly enhanced computer processing speed. An even more impressive development will be the installation later this year of a super computer hub, one of only two in the whole of Wales.
The Chair thanked Dave for the warmth of his hospitality and the comprehensive and enthusiastic explanation of the purpose of and prospects of the Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park. The future did indeed seem bright.
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|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|