Published on March 7th, 2018 | by Andrea Bertoli0
Mynt Systems’ Cost Effective Net Zero Carbon Retrofit
March 7th, 2018 by Andrea Bertoli
Mynt Systems successfully optimized the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum to become a Net Zero facility. Typically, Zero Net Carbon facilities are built from the ground up at costs that are not market competitive. Mynt Systems was able to reduce the facilities energy usage to such a low level that it enabled a conventional rooftop solar array to cost-effectively bring the facility to Net Zero Carbon.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, had an existing HVAC system that had refrigerant leaks. The existing system was inefficient and unable to provide a comfortable guest experience or maintain optimal humidity levels for safely archiving the museum’s ancient artifacts. With thousands of visitors touring the museum all year long, Mynt needed to execute the project without interrupting operations. Leaks are difficult to repair and other HVAC companies had recommended replacing the HVAC system in full.
Mynt Systems performed a detailed Efficient Energy Management Systems study which enabled them to find creative ways to repair the aging system and modify it to operate at far lower energy levels than any of the proposed complete replacement alternatives. Mynt Systems recommended an advanced HVAC optimization & control solutions so that the facility uses only a fraction of the energy previously used.
Julie Scott, Executive Director of the museum remarked, “For years, experts told us it was not possible, with our historic buildings, to make Rosicrucian Park Net Zero Carbon. Together with Mynt Systems – we did it!” The project was performed without disrupting their operations as a popular public museum. The costs to be Net Zero were substantially less than the several HVAC replacement proposals. The energy savings were guaranteed and are measured at the utility meter.
Mynt Systems is able to engineer solutions with very high returns on investment (ROI) through a turnkey process. Most projects achieve a 50% return on investment through implementation of HVAC controls and LED lighting. Energy savings of 40% or more are typical and can be guaranteed at the utility meter.
The remaining electrical load will be offset by a 116 kilowatt (KW) rooftop solar system. The system consists of six arrays on two roofs. The system will produce 180,000 kilowatt-hours annually. The combined energy savings and production are equivalent to 481,318 pounds of carbon. That’s equivalent to 46 passenger cars driven for one year or the carbon sequestered by 257 acres of forest. The system is remotely monitored by Mynt Systems using a cloud based monitoring platform so potential maintenance issues can be swiftly resolved.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is an educational institution that uses trans-disciplinary approaches to increasing knowledge about the past, present, and future, especially related to the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures.
About Mynt Systems:
Mynt was conceived from the idea that engineering and construction could be brought under one roof, a one-stop shop for energy efficiency that takes all the guesswork and the footwork out of the equation for you. We wanted to help you; the property owner, the property manager or business owner get the energy efficiency in the simplest and quickest way with the least amount of headache and risk. We found a way to combine the assessment, engineering, design and implementation into one package that is easy to understand, financially appealing and ecologically responsible.
This press release was sponsored by Mynt Systems