Congratulations to Medtronic North Haven for winning the AEE 2021 Regional Award for Corporate Energy Management! The Association of Energy Engineers, a nonprofit professional association of over 18,000 members, presents these awards to individuals and organizations around the world for their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry. Cimetrics is honored to be the monitoring-based commissioning provider for Medtronic since 2013.

Medtronic is among the largest medical device companies in the world with a mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Medtronic produces medical technologies that treat 70 health conditions and therapies that help 72 million people a year. The Medtronic North Haven facility’s energy optimization strategy has resulted in $1.2 million in avoided recurring annual energy costs and 5,500 Metric Tons of mitigated CO2 through ongoing monitoring-based commissioning without sacrificing their production timeline and quality. These energy reduction measures help push Medtronic closer to its corporate goal of becoming carbon neutral in their operations by FY30. By integrating sustainability into their global performance management decision-making process, Medtronic has created healthier workplaces, improved risk management, realized energy reduction cost savings, and minimized waste and pollution. 

The Medtronic North Haven facility was built in 2009 and manufactures surgical devices. Medtronic North Haven’s energy strategy is to reduce costs and energy use while maintaining sensitive production environment requirements, minimizing downtime, and maintaining reliability. Medtronic North Haven minimizes energy consumption using diverse strategies that are both technical and creative without negatively impacting their production timeline and quality. Energy efficiency projects have ranged from straightforward measures such as equipment scheduling and sequence optimization ($544,497/year in implemented recurring avoided energy costs) to more complex strategies such as using heat from their cogeneration system for the medical sterilizing equipment, which reduced the site’s greenhouse gas emissions by over 40%.

Medtronic was an early adopter of ongoing monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx), partnering with Cimetrics in 2013. By evaluating over 800,000 sampled points per day from the building systems and an additional 44,000 dynamically calculated points, the Cimetrics MBCx program has helped Medtronic not only find existing energy wasting problems with their HVAC and process equipment, but also predict and identify where equipment or system faults exists but are “hiding”. This helps capture energy cost avoidance opportunities early, as well as prevents catastrophic failures to critical equipment. The results-focused teamwork between Medtronic North Haven facilities staff, Cimetrics, and the third-party BAS and equipment vendors led to achieving over $1.2 million in annual, recurring energy savings and 5,500 Metric Tons of mitigated CO2 through ongoing commissioning; this is the equivalent of taking 1,200 cars off the road each year.

The Cimetrics MBCx program has helped Medtronic not only find existing energy wasting problems, but also predict and identify where equipment or system faults exists but are “hiding”. The results-focused teamwork between Medtronic North Haven facilities staff, Cimetrics, and the third-party BAS and equipment vendors led to achieving over $1.2 million in annual, recurring energy savings and 5,500 Metric Tons of mitigated CO2; this is the equivalent of taking 1,200 cars off the road each year.

These energy reduction measures help push Medtronic closer to its corporate goal of becoming carbon neutral in their operations by FY30 and aligning with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Moreover, the energy efficiency opportunities identified through Analytika help offset the impact of energy-intensive COVID-19 mitigation strategies that have been required over the past year. Medtronic North Haven now participates in incentive opportunities through their local utility provider that reimburse the cost of the monitoring-based commissioning service, as well as the cost to correct the energy avoidance opportunities that were found by the program, which further improves their ROI and helps establish trust and gain buy-in for future energy reduction projects.


Read more about available utility incentive programs in the Mid-Atlantic.
Read more about the Mass Save incentive program in Massachusetts.


Metrics

Years in program: 7 years
Dollars Saved: $1,218,015
Project Costs: $672,738
Annual Energy Saved: 5,203 MWh and 73,162 MMBTU
Total Annualized Avoided Energy Costs: $1,230,175
Size/scope: 903,360 square feet across two buildings (including central plant)

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