The Energy and Efficiency Institute at UC Davis is developing the Empower Procurement Product Evaluation Hub to evaluate selected DER products in a rigorous and transparent manner, and to disseminate widely evaluation results to large commercial and institutional customers that use a formal procurement process
Program: Enabling Technologies
This project aims to develop a nascent open-source common data model, Brick, into a demonstrated and tested tool that, through the implementation of advanced algorithms and analysis, can enable the scaling of major energy savings, improved building performance, and grid responsiveness across commercial buildings at low cost.
This multi-disciplinary UC Berkeley-led research collaboration is Changing the Rules focusing on building occupants rather than rigid engineering of building environments to be consistent with comfort “norms”. The research project aims to integrate new information technologies into innovative, occupant-responsive control systems building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) controls, employing improved sensing and new capabilities for information feedback among the building, its operators, and its occupants.
Since 2015 CIEE has been assisting the California Public Utilities Commission in the analysis of the potential for demand response (DR) in California. As part of a continuing effort, CIEE is now managing a $5,000,000 prime contract. CIEE’s primary role is to identify and subcontract with researchers who can perform the work needed by the CPUC.
The Hamilton project will create a low-cost sensor that is securely integrated with building Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), lighting, plugloads, as well as connected to the grid, will enable many kinds of applications (e.g., diagnostics, demand response) that will reduce energy consumption and improve occupant comfort and satisfaction.
Behavioral adaptations enabled through optimized settings and advanced algorithms is the easiest and possibly most cost-effective method to address HVAC energy use. A low-cost HVAC controller with a very simple user interface (UI) that understands occupant comfort preferences and manages indoor conditions to optimize energy use, without requiring connection to the Internet, could overcome the economic and technology barriers.
The State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED) program sought to drive the market adoption of energy efficient technologies as a part of California’s commitment to a clean energy future. Managed through the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) from 2004 to 2014, SPEED was highly successful in conducting more than 100 demonstrations and other technology-transfer projects to showcase the benefits of best-in-class technology solutions in installations across the state.
The Binational Lab on Smart Energy Management and Technology is a research partnership between Mexico’s largest and most prestigious private education institute, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), and California’s UC Berkeley.