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The University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is investing in both BACnet® and renewable energy technology to provide campus control and energy metering. The University embarked on an internally funded $60 million energy infrastructure integrated project that included chilled water system improvements, utility center renovation, and additional energy conservation measures. As a result of the quality product and installation, ECI became the preferred supplier for such projects in the future. UNM received an Energy User News Project of the Year Award for this initiative.
ECI performs ongoing engineering analysis of mechanical systems and identifies opportunities for optimization, improvements in the learning environment, and energy cost savings. ECI assisted in acquiring a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for an Automated Demand Response and Microgrid project at UNM’s Albuquerque campus. This design/build project uses solar energy with storage technology to manage energy from low demand/low cost hours to furnish power during high demand/high cost hours and help to cut energy waste. The project won the 2009 design/build award and will serve as a model to further technology for future smart-grid facilities.
ECI designed the Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) to analyze energy usage of UNM’s Main campus, and more specifically, the Mechanical Engineering facility which utilizes thermal storage and solar energy. The EEMS captures real-time energy data from 65 buildings on campus and converts building information data into knowledge tools to assess carbon footprint and real-time building performance. UNM represents close to 2% of the local Grids total load. By altering consumption UNM is capable of responding to Grid status and to react and predict power consumption during high demand time periods to help meet sustainability needs.
The 70,280 square foot Mechanical Engineering Building along with 14 other buildings is designed to collect energy use detail down to the equipment level. Other campus facilities of approximately 4,929,720 square feet are metered to analyze electric, steam, and chilled water use for the building.
Sequences such as the automated demand response routine at The University of New Mexico will be essential to maintaining electric grid reliability. These systems will also create tremendous energy and cost savings opportunities that do not detract from the working/learning environment.
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