energy management

Multinational utility firm ENGIE and software provider C3.ai have launched an AI-powered energy-as-a-service energy management solution for large institutions.

The solution is aimed at helping universities, corporate campuses and hospitals to optimise their energy management as part of efforts to achieve sustainability targets.

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The technology has so far been deployed at the Ohio State University to reduce energy use across 485 buildings in Columbus as part of a 50-year energy management contract with ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure.

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The contract is expected to help the university to reduce energy use by 25% over 10 years.

The university is using the solution for:

  • Energy optimisation: The ability to predict energy consumption, and then optimise across the entire network to reduce costs, including production, distribution, and consumption.
  • Capital planning: The ability to plan long-term capital improvements using dynamic building and network modelling to identify and prioritize a portfolio and program of capital projects.
  • Campus engagement: The ability to use data and behavioural science techniques to engage students and faculty in energy and sustainability to drive energy efficiency, research and innovation, and brand recognition.

Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, CEO of ENGIE North America, said: “When we launched our work with The Ohio State University two years ago, we looked forward to advancing new possibilities, from improving ways to heat, cool, and power the campus to collaborating on potentially transformational technologies and services that someday could be shared far beyond Columbus.

“Collaborating with C3.ai on the development of Smart Institutions has enabled us to create our own new technology solution for ENGIE customers, leading the way for other institutions looking to make meaningful progress when it comes to energy and sustainability.”