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Departmental Energy

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) voltage optimisers and (b) equivalent technologies are used within buildings occupied by his Department. (324978)

Given that the aim of voltage optimisation (VO) is to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the performance of equipment, MOD is interested in these devices. However, we are currently seeking to validate the claims of equipment providers and a trial of these relatively new technologies is in progress at Lympstone. The outcome of the trial will inform our approach to the application of the technology across the estate.

While opportunities exist for the installation of VO equipment, for the reasons given these have not in the main yet been taken up. That said, to assist the installation of the technology we have recently issued internal guidance on VO. This covers the factors to be considered before installation.