Home of Munster Rugby invests in software to score green goals

28 Jul 2014

Thomond Park in Limerick, the home ground of Munster Rugby, has invested in a new energy analytics software system to monitor electricity use at the stadium and reduce its environmental impact.

The stadium has selected ResourceKraft’s energy analytics software to manage its facilities.

The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, has been redeveloped and now boasts an increased capacity of 25,600 plus an extensive range of conference and banqueting facilities that have further enhanced its glowing reputation. 

Since 2009 it has been working to reduce the environmental impact of managing the stadium by participating in an environmental project to conserve energy, waste and water. 

The ResourceKraft system allows management and staff to monitor electricity use and make financial and process decisions about reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

“We required a system that would provide continuous detail on actual electricity use,” said Colm Moran, operations manager at Thomond Park Stadium.  

“We didn’t have any means of monitoring our electricity usage and the absence of this type of data represented one of our biggest challenges.”

Web-based system

The web-based energy management cost-control system gathers, processes and analyses energy data from the meters and converts it into business information, enabling the park to understand how and where energy is being consumed at any given time across all sites.

It also enables the park to incorporate KPIs (key performance indicators), set targets, generate reports and involve management and staff in making informed energy-management decisions in the drive to further reduce energy costs and meet carbon commitments. 

“We have been using ResourceKraft’s Advisor software for six months now and we are monitoring our electricity use,” Moran said.

“Advisor has helped us with the implementation of a number of energy-saving initiatives by monitoring our usage in specific areas, such as air conditioning, refrigeration and lighting. 

“Thanks to the customised alerts, we are able to keep a close eye on our maximum threshold target in the monitored areas.”

Limerick City with Thomond Park Stadium panorama via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years