Automated Mobility Districts and Net-Zero Energy Campuses: A Convergence of Resource-Efficient and Resilient Systems

Stan Young, Venu Garikapati, Josh Sperling,Yi Hou, Andy Duvall
NREL, Colorado, United States

Keywords: Smart and Resilient Systems, Net-zero Energy Campuses, Automated Mobility Districts

The diffusion of shared, electric, automated and connected (SEAC) mobility and 100% renewable energy-driven electricity systems innovation offers many synergies for DOE-DOD interests in smart / resilient energy and mobility systems. By coupling emerging technologies and business models in real-world automated mobility districts (e.g. in cities, on university campuses, DOD campuses/bases), this team proposes to enable net-zero energy campuses and explore the multiple benefits (e.g. cost savings, security via driverless systems), and new human behaviors. By integrating two emerging NREL 'innovation' concepts - of automated mobility districts and net-zero energy communities – this interdisciplinary team aims to shape best practices that offer significant returns on investments and new resilient and smart city-campus concepts while maximizing investments toward DOE-DOE goals. An automated mobility district is a campus-sized implementation of CAV technology to realize the full benefits of an automated vehicle mobility service within a confined region or district, complemented by fleets of electric and shared mobility (where synergies are clear); and a net-zero energy campus consumes no more energy than it produces, through energy efficient designs and renewable, on-site energy production. The rationale is to optimize/exchange on smart and resilient DOE-DOD campuses, enhance user adoption benefits, and data-driven planning and decisions.