Johnson Controls' distributed energy storage system is making it easy for Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., to operate its graduate engineering building more efficiently by integrating next-generation energy storage with the building management systems while providing students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate on measuring the energy savings.

The Zucker Family Graduate Education Center can draw power as needed from Johnson Controls’ L2000 distributed energy storage system to reduce expense during times of peak cost. The system includes batteries and inverter in a single, compact package able to deliver 160kWh capacity and 50 kW power.

The energy storage system integrates into Johnson Controls’ existing Metasys building automation system, simplifies monitoring and automates battery use based on patented predictive control software. By integrating the battery with the building automation system, the large energy consuming loads in the building are controlled alongside the energy storage system to provide an integrated approach to building energy use.

The Clemson partnership is another example of the application of energy storage to higher education facilities. 

"Our distributed energy storage system is a natural extension of our core businesses in the buildings and battery markets, and partnering with Clemson University allows us to help deliver the kind of smart and integrated energy management that will keep students and faculty comfortable while driving down utility costs," says John Schaaf, vice president, distributed energy storage, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, Wis.

In addition to providing economic value, the system will provide real-world, hands-on experience for Clemson graduate engineering students and faculty to measure and track data related to the energy savings.

"Clemson University looks forward to the next phase in energy storage research and testing with faculty and students by partnering with Johnson Controls, [who] understands the importance of student engagement as a key success factor for a ready workforce," says Johan Enslin, Duke Energy Endowed chair, Smart Grid Technology, and executive director energy systems program-Charleston. "The need for advance energy services, resilient grid infrastructure, cyber physical security concerns and the increasing cost of energy are driving innovation in energy storage technology."