It takes 250 to 400 kW of electricity to power the many buildings on the University of Genoa’s University Campus of Savona. This energy has historically come from the grid, supplemented by combined heat and power generated at an onsite gas turbine. The university distributed this power across campus on its own low-voltage grid.
Recognizing the inefficiency of its existing system, the university sought a new approach that would cut energy demand, expand use of combined heat and power, and increase the amount of energy produced by renewable sources. It then wished to network the components together using “smart” technology to ensure efficient energy management.
In addition to making the campus energy-independent, the university leaders hoped their solution might serve as a model for the redesign of the entire city’s energy supply.