Minimizing Energy Consumption in Labs While Enhancing Safety, Health, and Working Environment

Denis Maiorani, C7-GLOBAL
Hansjuerg Luedi, H. Luedi + Co. AG

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The presentation will propose the most energy-efficient solutions to laboratory infrastructure available in the industry today, as compared to current best practices. We will develop and provide scientifically significant data, utilizing the resultant laws of physics, to explain how very substantive reductions in energy consumption can be achieved throughout all lab operations.

In each instance of a proposed enhancement to the goal of reducing laboratory energy consumption, the basic laws of physics are leveraged to maximize the benefits achieved. Additionally, the resultant airflow pattern generated will be demonstrated to maximize the safety and health environment of all lab occupants. Through the creation of an optimal, low velocity airflow pattern, many of the safety and health issues arising in a laboratory environment can be mitigated beyond standard practices, while minimizing energy consumption at the same time.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to provide and configure the lowest system pressure requirements possible for every type of lab operation;
  • Understand the environmental and energy consumption impact of low velocity airflow through long parabolic air diffusers, creating safer and healthier working environment while reducing air exchange rate requirements;
  • Realize their ability to leverage the benefits of thermal layering and significantly reduced energy consumption; and
  • Better understand how even lab furniture can be utilized in an effective way to enhance the physical functioning of the lab airflow pattern and further minimize energy consumption. .


Denis N. Maiorani has over 40 years of experience in senior financial and operating roles of multi-billion dollar, multi-national, high technology corporations. Global management experience in the design, installation, and commissioning of laboratories. A scientific educational background has allowed for in depth analysis of worldwide competing technologies directed towards the enhancement of sustainable, energy efficient solutions for US laboratories.

Hansjuerg has been engineering technology solutions to improve safety, health, and sustainability of laboratory infrastructure for over 2 decades. After 12 iterations of potential energy reduction configuration technologies, the current solutions provide the most energy efficient lab environment available today. These are the benefits of a completely integrated result: low velocity airflow pattern, thermal layering, and lower air exchange rates.


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