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Ohio State University strikes campus energy deal

Project includes construction of a new energy advancement and innovation centre for energy research and commercialisation

Ohio State aims to become an international leader in sustainability
Ohio State aims to become an international leader in sustainability

The Ohio State University has awarded a 50-year energy management contract for Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure to deliver on its energy sustainability goals.


The decision followed detailed reviews by groups composed of students, faculty and staff who identified the Engie-Axium proposal as the leading bid and the deal was approved by the university’s board of trustees.


Some 40 interested parties initially participated in the process which took two years.


“This partnership positions us as an international leader in energy and sustainability and further strengthens Ohio State as a national flagship public research university,” said Michael Drake, president, Ohio State. “We are entering a relationship with Ohio State that will span generations.”


Signature elements of the so-called comprehensive energy management project include:


  • Operation and optimisation of the university’s utility system, including energy conservation management services leveraging the existing system and development of future capital improvement projects to improve the university’s energy efficiency by 25 per cent within 10 years;
  • Construction of a new energy advancement and innovation centre for energy research and commercialisation. The centre would create a living laboratory where faculty, students, alumni, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and Engie researchers can collaborate on next-generation technologies and services in areas such as smart energy systems, renewable energy, and green mobility. The centre will be Engie’s first research facility in North America, with connectivity across its worldwide research and industry network.


“We’re excited for the opportunity to deploy our experience in energy efficiency, production, procurement, and commodity risk management to support Ohio State in its quest to become an international leader in sustainability while providing new resources to enhance its academic mission,” said Frank Demaille, CEO of Engie North America.


“With innovation, performance, and safety underpinning all of our endeavours, we are eager to work with the Ohio State utility team and with faculty, staff, and students on new energy research and technology commercialisation through a state-of-the-art energy advancement and innovation centre that we will build.”


Engie and Axium have worked as business partners in Canada for the past five years managing a portfolio of large-scale wind and solar installations totalling 680 MW.


The Ohio State University with its 485 buildings in Columbus is one of the largest university campuses in the US. Founded in 1870, Ohio State enrols nearly 60,000 students on its Columbus campus, and welcomes approximately 100,000 people every weekday during the academic year.


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