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Siemens and UK university plan ‘smartest campus’

By District Energy posted 09-14-2021 19:32


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Siemens has joined forces with the UK’s University of Birmingham to make its Edgbaston and Dubai campuses the world’s smartest, using a combination of digital sensor and analytics technologies, AI (artificial intelligence), decentralised energy generation and storage, renewable energy and other technologies. They say they are creating a “living laboratory” where research, teaching and learning will benefit from access to data and connectivity.

The University believes it will become the first in the world to roll out Internet of Things (IoT) technology at scale. The first phase of the project will include the roll out of 23,000 IoT sensors across the University’s estate, starting later this year.

The scheme will capture data from the University’s building technologies, estates infrastructure and energy plants and use it for innovation, r&d activities, and teaching. By scrutinising energy demand and production – from individual consumers/producers (“prosumers”) to complete systems – using live data gathered from across the University’s sites, the project partners say they will provide “a unique opportunity” for applied learning for students as well as creating a platform for cutting-edge research.

“As one of the largest universities in the UK – with a global community of more than 38,000 students – the university is already an energy prosumer and these technologies will be further optimised in the system we are now working on together,” explains Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “Partnerships like this are extremely important for gathering new insights, testing and developing new technologies and creating efficient and sustainable energy infrastructure. The university’s campus in Dubai will be a global example of sustainability at the rescheduled Dubai Expo 2020.”

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