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CEI Students Tour Microsoft “City of the Future”

Microsoft Building Operations Center

Darrel Smith and students at Microsoft Building Operations Center

Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellows got to see smart buildings in action during a recent tour of the Microsoft Redmond Operations Center. Darrel Smith showed how thousands of smart devices and sensors provide information about systems at Microsoft buildings worldwide. This data visibility has facilitated saving massive amounts of energy and expense. This provided CEI students a glimpse into business thinking on the value of smart building and grids.

Learn more at “88 Acres: How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future”


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