Energy Systems and Technology for Demonstration Projects

Optimization and evaluation of energy system and operation.

Researchers at LBNL (US) and Tianjin University (China) have developed a Web-based tool to make a simple investment and planning version of DER-CAM for the optimization and control of building equipment and microgrids. The model, called WebOpt, is freely available on the web and has a Chinese language interface. There are over a hundred users applying the Chinese version. DER-CAM is currently being extended to optimize overall building control using a cloud tool that optimizes the operation of complex buildings as a software service. This integrated approach has been demonstrated to lower energy costs by 30% at a University of New Mexico campus building, which implements the optimized schedules directly in its building energy management system. The demonstrations is being extended to 4 additional NM buildings, and one on the Tianjin University campus. Plans are to use the same technology in future MOHURD demonstration buildings.