John Rice, Partner, AKF Group

On May 24, 2018, New York Advanced Energy held its stakeholder breakfast at Duane Morris. The event brought AEG’s stakeholder members together to discuss the topics of Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization.

John Rice, a Partner at the AKF Group, summarized their process behind the creation of an Energy Master Plan for a major university. He outlined the energy generation models they considered for replacing a university’s central energy plant to create a modern and smart campus grid and demonstrate what could be done in an urban sprawl setting. A wide variety of options were explored, including absorption chillers, steam turbines, decentralized resources, thermal ice storage, batteries, and renewable energy technologies. After considering Annual Load Profile analysis and their experience with Hurricane Sandy, AKF’s final product was a co-generation plant that provides increased resiliency for the campus. This a process that they have replicated in several other campuses.

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