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Automation, Energy Conservation and Common Sense
This paper considers the historical, present and future concepts, processes, program development and project implementation on the 425 acre 3M Center campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. The campus is the international headquarters of the 3M Company and contains 5 million square feet of administration office and research laboratory space. An Engineering study to investigate an automated computer controlled energy management system has been completed. The study objectives were to identify system parameters, capital costs and possible savings. Approval for facility expenditure has been obtained. The energy management system will consist of hardware and software for a distributed system concept and a supervisory computer. The system will be expandable to encompass the entire 3M Center campus, upon proven cost effectiveness with the first three buildings. The total system, including hardware, software and an operator will be dedicated to energy management. A training program to familiarize Maintenance and user personnel with the automated system will be developed.
Hester, D. (1981). Automation, Energy Conservation and Common Sense. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from