The smart aquarium
The story behind the Shedd Aquarium, a smart, sustainable facility that connects people to animals.
Creating and maintaining environments where people connect to animals
A gift from John G. Shedd to the city of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium is currently home to more than 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects from all over the world.
Meeting the diverse needs of visitors, staff, and more than 32,500 animals poses unique challenges, including the creation of environments that are comfortable for each of those populations at all times.
Additionally, in 2013, the aquarium committed to an ambitious goal of cutting energy consumption in half by 2020. Achieving that goal meant conducting extensive research and analysis to identify problem areas. The gathered data would be key in creating cost-effective, sustainable, and energy-efficient solutions that could also address ongoing, daily issues such as building security, lighting control, and overall system management and automation.
The Schneider Electric Building Management System (BMS) allows Shedd Aquarium to manage everything inside the building, from lighting, via life support systems, to HVAC. It essentially keeps the guests, the animals, and the staff safe and comfortable.
Through detailed mapping of the BMS, Building Analytics evaluates all equipment that’s under the BMS’s control, looks for faults in process, maintenance, and repair, and then prioritizes those based on an energy savings value.
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) are used for water, HVAC, as well as for life support systems to control loads. They can also be used for demand response and frequency regulation.
Last but not least, a turnkey solar solution with 265KW of solar panels installed on the roof of the Oceanarium generates clean, renewable energy, and reduces energy costs.
“The end goal for Shedd Aquarium is to connect people to animals, and for facilities it’s to get that facility ready because the place where it happens is right here: in this building.”
Robert P. Wengel, Vice President of Facilities, Shedd Aquarium
Schneider Electric Solutions and Key facts
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