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CU Boulder and NREL Use REopt to Explore Options for Boosting Energy Resilience with Campus Microgrid

By District Energy posted 03-12-2024 05:27




The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder and the City of Boulder, Colorado, are partnering with NREL to evaluate opportunities for a renewable energy microgrid to increase energy resilience on campus. 

The University, in collaboration with the City of Boulder and NREL, intends to design, build, and operate a resilient (“hardened”) electrical distribution system that interconnects the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Complex (SEEC) on East Campus and the adjacent buildings (SEEL-Wing, Wind Tunnel, and Aerospace) with the existing CU Boulder 15-kV microgrid. NREL is using the REopt® model to identify cost-effective opportunities for renewable energy and storage as well as help CU Boulder understand the potential energy generation, carbon impact, and economics of various renewable energy options. NREL will apply these insights to assist the University in evaluating how these technologies can be incorporated as part of a microgrid to sustain critical loads during an outage. The result will be a conceptual microgrid design, including electrical interconnection concepts, operating schemes for utility-connected and islanded conditions, a cost estimate, and an estimate of the number of hours or days the microgrid can sustain the critical load.

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