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EcoSync cuts energy bills for more than 10 Oxford colleges

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9 March 2022

EcoSync, an Oxford University startup whose cloud-based platform heats rooms before they are needed and leaves unoccupied rooms unheated, is working with more than 10 of the university's colleges to reduce their energy consumption.

Thanks to a £13,000 grant from the OxFutures GreenFund EcoSync have been able to progress to the next phase of their technology to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and prevent the heating of empty rooms.

Some of the radiator control technology they have developed with the help of the OxFutures GreenFund includes devices with industrial-strength connectivity and those that require no batteries.

EcoSync has created a cloud-based platform that will connect existing building technologies and thermostatic radiator valves so that only occupied rooms are heated.

Using mobile phone signals, EcoSync is able to detect occupants and add rooms to a zoned heating system. The aim is to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by up to 40 per cent.

With the added control over the temperature settings, they can provide more comfort, improve energy efficiency, and raise their sustainability profiles.

Larger organisations spend millions on their energy bills while 70 per cent of their heated rooms are empty. The University of Oxford and many of its colleges experience this problem, with much of their historic building stock lacking modern Building Management System controls.

Some of the colleges EcoSync are working with are Christ Church, Lady Margaret Hall, St Edmund Hall, St Peter’s College & Corpus Christi.

Pictured: Christ Church, Oxford published under CreativeCommons licence


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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