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Posted by Morgan White on February 7, 2012

With appropriate controls and monitoring systems this building and all others on campus could be integrated for additional efficiencies and advantages that go far beyond simply reducing electrical loads:

  • All campus power generators and energy storage could be utilized more reliably and efficiently
  • Buying and selling power over the grid could realize additional savings
  • Researchers and students could use data from the campus grid for modeling software systems
  • Researchers could develop proven secure and reliable dynamic load control systems
  • Researchers could beta-test large systems developed elsewhere
  • Researchers and students could explore cyber security technologies in new ways
  • Researchers could further develop trustworthy validating systems

A partnership of researchers and campus power plant administrators* envision a way to very significantly enhance the role ILLINOIS has on the national stage of grid modernization, by using our own campus grid as a fully functioning and operational beta test site. ILLINOIS is unlike any other university, having an array of key complementary assets that make such an alliance compelling:

  • A very significant financial commitment to improving campus energy infrastructure
  • Diversified power generation capabilities (CHP, renewable energy sources)
  • Significant energy storage capacity
  • A for-profit university related organization that enables buying and selling electricity
  • A microgrid with a single point of contact with the national grid
  • Internationally recognized experts in computer science, electrical engineering, and bio fuels
  • History of cooperation between academic and administrative departments
  • Established institutes like the Information Trust Institute that are dedicated to developing trustworthy systems, validating systems intended to be trustworthy, cyber security, autonomous engineering systems, technical training and knowledge distribution.
  • Established highly-trained support staff with a workload capacity for growth
  • Strong reputation that draws top student talent; commitment to education excellence