Dry Storage Savings Detailed

San Diego’s Biomatrica, which has developed a dehydrating technique for storing biological samples at room temperature, released some cold, hard facts today about laboratory energy costs. Biomatrica says a major U.S. research university could cut its electricity usage by 40 million kilowatt-hours, reduce its carbon footprint by an estimated 18,000 metric tons, and save $16 million in operating costs over a decade by unplugging its lab storage freezers. Biomatrica based its results on a pilot project at Stanford University.

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