OSU-ENGIE Connected Community: automated BUilding Control with Knowledge of distributed EnergY resources and Electrical Systems for Grid Offerings

Columbus, OH
This project will include a number of buildings on the OSU campus of diverse vintage and use. The goal is to leverage this mature campus infrastructure and transform operations and demonstrate cybersecure orchestrated control of buildings and distributed energy resources for energy efficiency, demand management, and provision of grid services including frequency regulation, synchronized reserve, and energy and capacity markets participation.
Schematic of Smart Institutions Architecture
Schematic of Smart Institutions Architecture
Green shows current data integration and blue shows data that will be added during the project.
Team Lead
Ohio State University (OSU)

Partners: ENGIE North America Inc., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of California, Berkeley

Planned Location of Buildings: Columbus, OH

Building types: Up to 20 buildings on the OSU campus with a mix of commercial and multi-family buildings of diverse vintage and use types

New or retrofit buildings: Retrofit buildings

EE target: 35% reduction compared to year 2017 baseline

Total load: 10.3 MW peak demand

DERs planned: targeting 10 MW of rooftop PV, 29 existing EVs totaling 300kW, 105 MW of CHP, battery storage systems, and 50MW of wind

Flexible Loads: The targeted loads include HVAC setpoint DR shedding, duct static pressure reset, lighting, smart ventilation, dispatch of chillers and boilers and possibly some plug loads with a predicted impact of more than 0.75W per square foot.

Coordinated Controls: Cybersecure AI- and model predictive control-based approach, integrating local fault detection, ubiquitous sensing and AI-based comfort optimization using ENGIE’s Smart Institutions software platform.

Grid issues addressed: N/A

Grid services planned: Targeting frequency regulation, synchronized reserve, energy and capacity markets participation

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