In October of 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $61 million pilot project intended to transform how homes and other buildings use energy. Through the implementation of smart controls, remotes sensors and other automated processes, 10 Connected Communities will increase buildings' energy efficiency and sustainability by actively interacting with the electical grid. These grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) will offer more pleasant environments for their occupants while reducing carbon emissions and saving money.
The goals for Ohio State's Connected Communities project are:
ENERGY SUFFICIENCY & DEMAND FLEXIBILITY
energy reduction from 2017 baseline.
flexibility at peak times.
increase in net present value (NPV) of renewable assets (vs 2019)
Improved resilience to extreme events.
The Connected Communities project leverages the strength of a public-private partnership, created in 2017, between The Ohio State University, ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure. The group, known as Ohio State Energy Partners, embarked on a transformation of the 485-building Columbus campus with the installation of nearly 1,000 smart meters, approval of more than $190 million in energy efficiency measures and implementation of a central analytics and control platform.
These infrastructure upgrades resulted in Ohio State’s Columbus campus becoming the country’s largest microgrid and a replicable pilot for other communities.
Led by College of Engineering Associate Dean of Facilities Michael Hagenberger, Engineering Assistant Professor Jordan Clark and ENGIE Technology Architect Mark Brown, Ohio State’s Connected Communities program, known as Buckeyes Go!, features a one-of-a-kind testing environment as well as a uniquely qualified team piloting template for transition to renewables in one of the US' most challenging geographical regions.
Please use the links at right to learn more about Buckeyes Go! assets, people and partners.