More campuses across the country are taking an interest in microgrids, self-sufficient energy systems designed to serve a single, specific location. These systems offer colleges and universities a way to keep critical electricity flowing during power outages, increase use of renewable energy, pursue climate goals, and better optimize energy supplies and campus loads— offering savings potential to free up funds for other priorities. They are also being used as an educational and sustainability awareness tool.
Read the latest special report from Microgrid Knowledge, “The Genius of Microgrids in Higher Education.” It provides an introduction to microgrids and how they work and highlights some microgrids in use on campuses today.
Defining the future of microgrids at the Siemens "living lab" campus in Princeton, New Jersey
Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the Siemens “Living Lab” Microgrid Campus conducts groundbreaking research in the realm of microgrids, and how various energy-related generation, storage and building management products behave and work together in a dynamic real-life microgrid environment.
The microgrid campus employs an array of value-add elements as part of its research, including:
- Dual purpose photovoltaic panels
- Energy storage for powering a building
- Building management integration
- Energy analytics dashboards
- Electric vehicle integration
- Integration of third-party technologies
On-site energy solutions create sustainable and resilient campuses
Microgrids are just one of the ways Siemens helps colleges and universities implement on-site energy solutions on campus. Our on-site energy solutions help protect your power supply while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting overall energy costs – savings that help preserve capital for your institution’s core mission. We bring expertise local energy generation, distribution, storage, and management to help campuses take control of their power supply.
Webinar: Prepared for Anything: Ensuring a Resilient Reliable Energy Supply, featured as part of the APPA 2020 Higher Education Symposium
Presenters: Todd Thurlow and Fred James
Maintaining a resilient energy supply is becoming increasingly important to campuses across the country. Improving the resilience of a campus energy supply can be achieved without sacrificing sustainability objectives or utility budgets. Through a combination of supply improvement measures, onsite generation technologies, energy storage, and microgrid controls applications, a campus can drastically improve the resilience of its energy supply. Further, recent trends in utility project implementation have led to a broader range of outsourced options, which provides campuses greater flexibility to pursue resiliency projects while effectively managing capital resources.
Electric vehicles are gaining market share all over the world. Deploying smart charging technology at your campus can not only help reduce your carbon footprint and reduce energy consumption, but it also demonstrates to faculty, students, and staff your leadership in adopting technology that meets their needs of today and tomorrow. Whether electrifying your bus fleet or looking to integrate chargers in your parking lots and garages, Siemens is helping customers easily deploy, manage, and reduce their overall cost of ownership of EV charging systems while helping reduce energy consumption.
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