Co-designed by ENGIE Digital, the Group’s software entity, in partnership with C3.ai, “Smart Institutions” enables organizations to proactively and automatically manage their buildings and energy assets to increase sustainability, enhance energy efficiency and pave the way for their zero carbon transition. The software was first deployed at The Ohio State University as part of a plan to reduce energy use across the 485-building campus in Columbus.
“When we launched our work with The Ohio State University two years ago, we looked forward to advancing new possibilities, from improving ways to heat, cool, and power the campus to collaborating on potentially transformational technologies and services that someday could be shared far beyond Columbus,” said Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, Group Executive Vice President and CEO of ENGIE’s North America Business Unit. “Collaborating with C3.ai on the development of of “Smart Institutions” has enabled us to create our own new technology solution, leading the way to the zero carbon transition for large institutions.”
“C3.ai is accelerating digital transformation for leading organizations across every industry,” said Ed Abbo, President and Chief Technology Officer, C3.ai. “An Energy-as-a-Service software solution powered by the C3 AI platform, “Smart Institutions” is enabling cutting-edge organizations to set the standard for energy transformation initiatives.”
Through “Smart Institutions”, ENGIE and C3.ai can use AI to help campuses and other large institutions achieve their sustainability and financial objectives through:
- Energy optimization: The ability to predict energy consumption, and then optimize across the entire network to reduce costs, including production, distribution, and consumption.
- Capital planning: The ability to plan long-term capital improvements using dynamic building and network modeling.
- Campus engagement: The ability to use data and behavioral science techniques to engage students and faculty to reduce their environmental impact.
In 2017, Ohio State Energy Partners, a consortium of ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, signed a 50-year Comprehensive Energy Management Contract with The Ohio State University. Ohio State Energy Partners looks to drive energy savings and enable end-to-end optimization of the campus energy infrastructure to achieve a 25 percent improvement in energy efficiency over 10 years.