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Depletion of limited resources, the need for energy resources and the owner of greenhouse gas emissions; these makes it more important day by day to control these resources accurately and efficiently. During these periods, Yıldız Technical University evaluates the current energy level each year and determines new strategies, targets and plans for the coming years.
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One of the sine qua non of sustainability is how the existing resources are managed… Using resources efficiently and with the least harm to the environment, choosing renewable resources should be everyone's priority… With this understanding, YTU attaches importance to the use of clean energy in every area it comes into contact with, starting from its campuses.
LED lighting is used in all buildings of YTU, and all of the lightings are photocells, that is, they flash automatically. In this way, energy consumption is reduced. On the other hand, the devices preferred in laboratories, faculties, administrative buildings, sports halls, libraries and dining halls are devices with "Class A" certificate and low energy consumption.
Meters to monitor electricity consumption instantly, to prevent electricity leaks and to disable self-deactivation in case of electricity leakage, are the two basic elements of the electricity infrastructure at YTU.
Heating and cooling systems constitute a large part of energy needs. According to 2019 data, the daily average electrical energy consumption of Davutpaşa Campus is 32 MWh. The air conditioners on the campus are centrally managed depending on the summer and winter months. Despite the energy savings due to the use of central systems in heating and cooling, energy consumption is still high. For this reason, studies are planned for natural ventilation and renewal of insulations in buildings.
Unlike the historical buildings on the campus, natural lighting was given importance in the newly constructed buildings. These buildings contain a high amount of windows, including the roofs, to maximize daylight use. Thus, there is no need for lighting during the day and energy consumption is reduced.
Yıldız Technical University, aiming to provide an environment with low carbon density and high quality life for all its employees and students, and also aiming to reach by the year 2030 with “100% Clean Energy”, has been investing to increase the use of clean and renewable energy resources.
With the 3 MW Solar Energy System Project prepared by YTU, 7 thousand 758 PV modules will be installed in car parks, bus stops and buildings. The feasibility studies of the project (Solar Energy System Project), have been completed, legal approvals and permissions have been taken and a Connection Agreement to the Distribution System for Unlicensed Electricity Producers has been signed with the electricity distribution company.
The 11 buildings in the project were included in the scope of the “Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Project” of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and were entitled to receive support. Accordingly, the costs of energy efficiency measures to be gained from these buildings and the investment cost of the solar energy system to be established will be covered within the Ministry grant. The total contribution of the project to YTU is expected to be 50 million TL in the first phase.
Yıldız Technical University, designing its buildings on the basis of minimum energy consumption and applying efficiency-enhancing practices of national and international energy efficiency standards, has identified the energy efficiency measures to be taken by conducting energy audits in all its buildings. Buildings are classified as C class in energy performance and B class in greenhouse gas emission performance. In addition, energy identity certificates were issued for the buildings.
An application was made to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to become an Energy Efficiency Services Authorized Institution in order to contribute to increasing energy efficiency in buildings. In this context, six faculty members received study-project certification training and were defined as educators, taking into account the course contents and subject matters defined by the Ministry.