UTC Swindon is a renowned STEM college located in Swindon. The college building mainly comprises of staff offices and lecture rooms that are spread over two floors. The building also has engineering workshops that are used for practicing science, technology and engineering. In addition, the college is equipped with heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and renewable energy in the form of solar photovoltaic (PV).


SMARTech energy have recently launched Energy Efficiency as a Service for the education sector.

Energy Efficiency as a Service is where the energy savings pay for the installation and maintenance of low-carbon technology products  – enabling schools, colleges and universities to cut energy costs, reduce carbon footprint and improve sustainability with no upfront costs, leasing or risk.


Under the Energy Efficiency as a Service programme, SMARTech energy installed energy monitoring across the campus to identify the most appropriate energy saving technologies.

SMARTech energy offer more than 33 energy saving technologies (known as the EEaaS Tech Stack).

The EEaaS tech stack for this project includes:

  • Upgrades to lighting
  • Motor optimisation on air handling units for the ventilation system and gas savers in the plant room
  • Baseload reduction which will help to reduce the consumption of out or hours energy.


The upgrades to energy efficient technologies are expected to save  UTC Swindon more than £38,000 in energy costs and more than 290 tonnes in carbon emissions over the next 10 years.

Energy Saving technologies installed through funded Energy Efficiency as a Service programme

SMARTech LED Lighting

LED lighting Installation

Reduces energy consumption by 61%

The lighting upgrade strategy for UTC Swindon includes replacing the existing fluorescent luminaires with SMART LED equivalent luminaires.

SMART LED luminaires are highly efficient which will lead to reduced energy consumption while still providing improved lighting quality.

In addition, to maximise energy reduction, the LED luminaires will be controlled with SMART lighting sensors which automatically switch the lights on or off depending on the occupancy levels in an area. 

Motor Optimisation

Reduces energy consumption by 22%

The motor optimisation strategy includes the optimisation of variable speed drives (VSD) on all the motors in the air handing units (AHUs). This strategy will result in reduction in the energy consumption because it allows the motors to run at a more optimal level while also extending the useful life of the motors.

Baseload Reduction

Reduces energy consumption by 61%

This strategy involves the reduction of the constant baseload seen in the college.

Half-Hour data was collected and analysed for the college to understand energy usage during off peak hours, weekends and term holidays.

This strategy results in the reduction in the energy consumption in the college when no electrical machinery should be operating and thus leading to energy savings.

SMART Gas Savers

Providing energy savings of 5%

This strategy includes installing SMART gas savers on the boilers. These gas savers work on the principle of aligning the gas molecules to improve the combustion characteristics of gas inside the boilers.


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