The goal of the project “SCUOLA - Smart Campus as Urban Open LAbs” is the development and the experimental deployment of a platform for the management, coordination, and metering of the various systems deployed in the campus for better exploiting the energy sources.
The project’s cornerstone is the electrical grid, now a Smart Grid, in which the Distribution System Operator and the end user coordinate to foster Dispersed Generation. The goal is to exploit modern electric generation and accumulation techniques as well as innovative Heat, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) devices to maximize energy efficiency and, at the same time, engage the active and passive end-users as well as the “mobile” users, such as the electric vehicles.
The platform defined in the project also becomes the driving force for the development of an ecosystem, in which a multitude of actors can easily implement smart services for the optimal, real-time management of urban networks, buildings and public services; all at low costs by means of a shared infrastructure and of shared urban sensors.
The project comprises the development of prototypes that will be installed and tested in highly receptive environments: the Politecnico di Milano, a kindergarten in Milan, the University of Brescia and a residential building in Brescia. The Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering has a twofold role: on the one hand, the design and development of the innovative coordination algorithms, on the other hand, the design and development of the platform for the collection, presentation of data and end-user engagement (energy managers, students and staff on campus).