It creates a unique opportunity for applied education and also supports research with a high-tech platform.
In partnership with Siemens, the University of Birmingham is transforming its Edgbaston and Dubai sites to combine the world’s smartest solutions with a combination of digital sensors, analytical technologies, artificial intelligence, distributed generation and storage, renewables and user-friendly solutions. its university campus – which, as a networked, living laboratory, also gives researchers, teachers and students access to new data.
This living laboratory will also support innovation, research and development, and education with data collected from technology solutions that operate university buildings, real estate infrastructure, and power plants. Energy demand and production will thus be monitored through live data from systems to individual consumers and producers across campuses, creating a unique opportunity for applied education and supporting research with a high-tech platform.
Siemens will also support doctoral fellowships at one of the world’s top 100 universities. Scholarship PhD students can work together with experts from Siemens and the university to design research projects that address challenges related to, among other things, data, technology, urban systems, and achieving climate neutrality.
This year, the University of Birmingham will be the first higher education institution in the world to introduce Internet of Things (IoT) technology solutions on this scale. In the first phase of the major energy efficiency project, the university will install 23,000 Enlighted IoT sensors in its properties from the fall of 2021.
Siemens will also have an office at the university for ten years, which will help the higher education institution to make full use of the technologies and expertise related to energy efficiency and IoT services. Nor does the University of Birmingham achieve its sustainability goals in this area by 2020, with a 20 per cent reduction in its CO2 emissions.