ROMANIA: The University Campus
The campus of Valahia University of Targoviste (UVTgv) is a 142.000 m2 campus situated in the centre of Romania, 260 m above sea level. Heavy rain, high winds and a large seasonal temperature differences are characteristic of the area. In a region rich with history, the UVTgv campus is the only one in Romania to be built from scratch in the last 20 years. The 7000 students and 400 employees working on campus have access to sports facilities, a library, lecture halls, laboratory and research facilities, and 3 dorm buildings. In addition, a NZEB research building has been in operation since 2015.
The campus is supplied by 3 power transformers connected to the national grid, 1 diesel generator and 9 natural gas. Renewable energy sources in the form of 5 PV systems, 5 wind turbines and a solar-thermal plant provide a total of 100 kWp electricity and 25 kWp thermal energy, which is stored in 270 kWh batteries and 3000 L tanks respectively.
In the interest of technology and research, UVT has plans to increase the amount of RES on campus and maximize efficiency through building interconnection and energy management tools, with the goal of becoming self sufficient. For this reason, UVT serves as an interesting pilot site. The E-Land toolbox will connect and optimize existing energy infrastructure while finding further opportunities for becoming a self-sufficient energy island.
This pilot is also an example of how community stakeholders can have a direct impact on their local energy infrastructure. The students and staff will work in a living lab during the lifetime of the project and local stakeholders will be engaged through seminars and educational materials based on the project. Energy management and control systems will provide data and insight, which can be used to develop similar solutions at other Romanian universities and national research institutes, most of whom UVTgv already has a longstanding partnership with. Therefore, developing sustainable energy islands that local communities and stakeholders can be proud of.
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