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Universities

Financial considerations are a top priority

A typical university represents a small city, with its many offices, classrooms, dormitories, personnel residential facilities, cafeterias, research labs, and even some 24/7 facilities. All university buildings have UPS systems, and some have rooftop PV systems. Their laboratories typically have two back-up diesel generators.

Most universities and colleges are very dynamic, with a constant need to rearrange their facilities to meet changing expectations. Yet, many of them must also improve their financial bottom lines. These opposing interests sometimes translate into the following demands from the institution’s energy operations:

  • Reduce the overall OPEX expenditure on energy, including workforce and maintenance-related expenses

  • Improve the ROI for any existing and new energy CAPEX

  • Maintain high reliability for the facilities that require 24/7 operation

  • Improve the university’s “green” positioning

When cost is the primary concern, a university’s energy operation may run as its own Profit & Loss center, with the ability to manage and bill internal customers and possible external users who may rent some of the university’s facilities, while also assuming accountability and reducing the university’s energy-related expenses.

 

Whether the university incorporates a P&L center or not, it is advised to have effective control over its energy consumption, while also optimizing aspects of its energy trade, generation and system-health. Although universities can take different approaches to address these needs, they all require one thing:
an intelligent system to monitor and control their energy operations.

The benefits of deploying this type of holistic, campus-wide energy system are apparent for any university, providing them with higher quality energy, while significantly reducing costs. Yet, deploying and operating such a system is costly and complex, which has kept this solution out of reach for many universities. Instead, they typically adopt “point solutions,” such as BEMS, DERMS or MDMS.

OneOPI proposes a new approach, enabling universities to benefit from a holistic, campus-wide energy system, and helping them avoid costly and complex operations.

With OneOPI’s cloud managing services, universities will meet their goals for energy operations, enabling a smooth and cost-effective organizational migration to a P&L structure.

To help universities meet their energy goals, OneOPI cloud energy managed services will:

  • Reduce the overall OPEX expenditure on energy, including workforce and maintenance-related expenditures

    • Enforcing accountability, internal sub-billing will be directly linked to the real cost of energy

    • Improve overall cost/gains by optimizing energy trade, including trade and incentives

    • Automate operations to save time and improve personnel effectiveness

    • Integrate energy saving systems, such as Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and street lighting management systems

    • Granular monitoring and reporting of energy consumption

    • Reduce costs with internal demand-response systems to optimize costs

    • Reduced energy losses with improved network operations

  • Improve the ROI for any new or existing energy CAPEX

    • Improve network operations to reduce losses

    • Managed predictive maintenance to improve ROI of energy resources

  • Maintain high reliability for facilities that require 24/7 operation

    • Improve the ROI for the emergency generation systems CAPEX, using smart and dynamic resource sharing between laboratories

  • Improve the university’s “green” positioning by intelligently optimizing consumption, based on a predictive analysis of available resources and demand needs