As part of the University of Oxford’s drive to reduce carbon emissions, the Environmental Sustainability team within Estates Services have funded the replacement of all old inefficient glass dryers around the University's functional estate. These old units consume a great deal of energy - each uses even more electricity than an ultra-low temperature freezer, itself a large and notably power-hungry piece of scientific equipment.
36 of the new and improved units have been supplied so far, and the remaining 122 will be installed at the Chemistry Research Laboratory over the coming months.
The new units come with insulation and a 24-hour clock to reduce the need to leave them on all the time, increasing safety and reducing energy consumption. The whole project will pay back its costs in three years and should save over 300 tonnes of carbon a year.