The Ohio State University
Energy Advancement and Innovation Center
An experimental hub for energy, education, research and technology incubation.
The facility supports collaborative research and development of the next generation of smart energy systems, renewable energy and green mobility. Supported by a unique University-Industry partnership, the new hub is a space for collaboration between university faculty, students, researchers, local entrepreneurs, and industry experts.
The cantilevered canopy provides afternoon shade to the building’s shared public space below, while maximizing solar energy collection.
The solar canopy design was developed in an iterative process, responding to multiple design considerations. The photovoltaic array will supply 33% of the annual electricity needed to operate the building.
A living laboratory
The high-performing building, exemplifies the future of smart energy design showcasing a first-of-its-kind building scale DC-Microgrid. The building acts as a living laboratory continually fed by the research and development occurring within its walls.
With abundant natural daylighting and access to campus views, the building design is focused on well-being within the workplace environment, enhancing collaboration, innovation, and productivity.