Case Studies - Cancer Research UK

EFT Energy helps Cancer Research UK reduce their Carbon Footprint

EFT Energy has helped Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute save money that can be more effectively used on core services, by installing an Automatic Monitoring & Targeting System (aM&T) to monitor the energy consumption across the site.

The Institute is housed in the £50 million, custom-built Li Ka Shing Centre, located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus within Cambridge University. The Centre currently houses 21 cancer research groups and associated core facilities.

Installed by approved partner BG Controls, the system has been retrofitted to the site, through the installation of 52 Electricity Meters which monitor all Electrical Loads over 60 amps across the Centre. Also metered are the main Gas and Water supplies into the Centre, to provide a complete utility usage profile with real-time data collection.

The EFT Energy management system has sophisticated data collection technology and the system is displayed in the Facilities Manager's office, and can also be viewed via the Cancer Research UK site Intranet.

Cancer Research UK has an additional facility based in Central London, which is a contrasting style of building built in the 1960's. EFT Energy has been selected to add the London site onto the existing system, with local access by site personnel and also via the Cancer Research UK site Intranet. The addition of this building will expand the system to over 120 Metering points

The EFT Energy management system gives Cancer Research UK the opportunity to compare the performance of both sites, which have similar functions and make energy savings in both the old and new buildings. The Facilities Manager analyses the incoming Monitoring & Targeting system data and uses this data to help reduce their energy consumption and lower utility costs.

Energy saving enhancements to the Li Ka Shing Centre since the implementation of aM&T include temperature changes to the Chilled Water Circuits, automatic lighting switching lights off when areas are un-occupied, and out of hours working to maintain the Energy conservation strategy.

Additionally, changes have been made to implement time zones and an optimisation strategy on various items of plant, including chillers, supply and extract fans, main air handling units and a large number of fan coil units.

Due to the execution of these actions, in the first two months Cancer Research UK managed to save around £8,000 on utility bills and they predict bigger savings in the future. The institute perceived that they had high energy bills, now the metering system has been installed they have full visibility on where their Energy is being used.

"We've only had the system in for a short period of time but we've already seen various reductions in our budgeted utilities bill versus the EFT Energy estimated cost for utilities," comments Martin Frohock, Building Services & Facilities Manager at Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute.

“With the projected savings, this would lead to a payback period of approximately a year for the whole project and we hope to continue making significant savings in the future. This allows us to focus more resources on important research.

"EFT's Energy Monitoring & Targeting software is both easy to use and intuitive, and delivers the reports that I need at the click of a mouse. The installation carried out by BG was excellent. Between them they are a highly competent, knowledgeable team that delivered all requests and adapted to changes in the specification. I look forward to working with them in years to come," adds Martin.

EFT Energy and BG Controls are compiling on-going recommendations for additional metering and Energy Saving strategies for the Cancer Research UK Institute, and are confident that further savings will be made to their Carbon Footprint.

About the Cambridge Research
Institute The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute is a major new research centre which aims to take the scientific strengths of Cambridge to practical application for the benefit of cancer patients. The Institute is a unique partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK. It is housed in the Li Ka Shing Centre, a state-of-the-art research facility located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which was generously funded by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, Cambridge University, Cancer Research UK, The Atlantic Philanthropies and a range of other donors. For more information visit