The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) was officially opened in September 2008 as the Phase 1 of the Ko Lee Institute of Sustainable Development. The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies is located at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. The University of Nottingham UK is a major institution for sustainable energy research.
As the world's second-biggest energy consumer, energy saving is important not only for China's current economic and social development but also for the country's long-term interests.
The CSET building is the first zero carbon building in China. The building provides laboratory, offices and seminar accommodation and is designed to serve as an exemplar building, demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques for environmentally responsible, sustainable construction.
This building aims at minimising its environmental impact by promoting energy efficiency, generating its own energy from renewable sources, using locally available materials with low embodied energy, storing rainwater and reusing grey water where appropriate, and attempts to develop its own ecology and biodiversity within the site. It is intended that this building will not require conventional heating or cooling system, and the residual energy requirements will be met by renewable sources, which means the technology will save 50%-100% energy compared with that of regular buildings.
The focus of research for the Centre is new and renewable energy systems and components for both domestic (housing) and non-domestic (commercial and public) buildings. The laboratory includes facilities such as climate chamber, thermal testing lab for materials and components, façade testing facility, daylight and solar modeling lab (including artificial sky - mirror box or semi-dome type), wind tunnel facility, allowing for the integration of a weather station and solar thermal and PV panels within the building envelope.
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