Centennial Campus is in the early stages of developing a smart grid to provide efficient energy and reliable systems that will also provide research opportunities for the University. The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM Center) located on Centennial Campus is researching and developing new technologies to encourage the use and adoption of smart grids.
Potential projects to support the smart grid on Centennial Campus are:
- Combined Heat and Power Facility
- Updated electrical distribution system
- Direct Current (DC) electrical circuit
- Enterprise Building Automation System
Controlling energy consumption on campus prevents excessive demand consumption and extends the useful life of the infrastructure systems. This increases the reliability of the electrical, heating and cooling systems.