Dominion, VCU partnering on micro-grid project
- March 30, 2012
Dominion Virginia Power and Virginia Commonwealth University are partnering on five-year project to test energy-efficient micro-grid technologies.
The project will gather power-consumption data on a micro-grid installed in the VCU School of Engineering’s West Hall. The project will make continuous adjustments to the building, lights and equipment to save energy. It is expected to reduce energy costs by $20,000 a year.
“This project with VCU Engineering will open doors for the establishment of energy-saving micro-grids in many other locations such as universities, military bases and industries,” Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Virginia Power, said in a statement. “Using the latest technology to collect data on electricity use at the outlet will help us fine-tune the delivery of electricity to where it is needed when it is needed, reducing waste, saving energy and saving money for the customer.”
VCU and Dominion will split the $500,000 cost of the project, which includes the installation of hardware, control systems and solar panels. These will allow the project partners to gather voltage data and analyze energy volume, timing, noise and cleanliness, and estimate energy usage trends and equipment performance.
VCU’s Facilities Management staff will install 230 portable voltage monitors.