Cornell Team Developing ‘Smart Grid’ Tech

“Smart grid” technologies would enhance the efficiency, reliability, economics and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity...

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By D.W. Nutt, via the Ithaca Journal, 08/17/14

Cornell University is participating in a state initiative to find innovative ways to boost energy performance on its campus.

Last month Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a total of $3.3 million had been awarded to seven research teams developing “smart grid” technologies to enhance the efficiency, reliability, economics and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity.

Cornell received $227,000 for a project that will use sophisticated modeling to study ways to improve campus heating, cooling and electric generation with smart building controls as well as on-site renewable energy sources and energy storage.

The system would align with Cornell’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for university operations to be climate neutral by 2050.

The projects are supported through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program.

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