An EETD Seminar on February 10, 2012 -- by Karen Herter, Herter Energy Research Solutions
"SMUD’s Summer Solutions Study: An Investigation of the Effects of Real-Time Information, Dynamic Pricing, and Thermostat Automation on Residential Energy Conservation and Demand Response"
SMUD’s residential Summer Solutions study is the second phase of the Residential Information and Controls Study managed by Herter Energy Research Solutions and co-funded by SMUD and the Demand Response Research Center at LBNL. The field study was designed to investigate the effects of real-time data on residential energy use and peak demand, where customers were given the opportunity to sign up for a dynamic TOU-CPP rate and/or a direct load control program.
An EETD Seminar on January 12, 2012 -- Speaker, Cynthia Regnier, LBNL
Construction will be beginning very shortly in front of and within Building 90 for the new commercial buildings User Testbed Facility. A portion of the facility may become operational as early as the end of FY12, ready for experimental use in FY13 with the remainder complete later in FY13. This seminar is a key opportunity for EETD staff across all departments to learn about the functional capabilities of the facility, as well as the potentials for experimental use by EETD and our research partners. We encourage you to learn more about the capabilities of this facility and how it might be used in your research projects. The primary focus of the seminar will be to provide an overview of the broad research potentials (including systems, controls, tools, etc in both development and validation), testbed building systems, instrumentation, controls and data acquisition infrastructure and flexibility.
An EETD Seminar on January 5, 2012 -- by Paul Clarke (Sr. Truman Fellow) & Ian Thomson (CleanTechies.com)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has a stated goal of reducing its energy use and transitioning to renewable energy sources, to lessen the security and budget impact of the $15B+ worth of energy that the armed services consume each year. To achieve this energy security goal, the Pentagon is developing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, often with the help of energy researchers from DOE's national labs.
For those researchers interested in working on energy projects in support of the DoD/DOE MOU, EETD is hosting the Military 101 Team for a lunch hour seminar. This team travels mostly to academic institutions giving an introductory level orientation to military culture.
An EETD Seminar on December 14, 2011 -- by Javier Matanza Domingo, Visiting Scholar with EETD, at the Demand Response Research Center, and Ph.D. Candidate at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain
Power Line Communication (PLC) is currently considered an emerging technology and is attracting the attention of the scientiﬁc community due to the promise of new ways to transmit information. Since this transmission path reaches wherever electricity is present, one of the main motivations is its use in all kinds of energy-related applications. Some examples are: remote-metering, remote-control and demand management.....
The seminar describes how the omnipresence of PLC networks could be integrated with the OpenADR infrastructure. The use of public and open PLC solution (PRIME) is proposed as a way to transmit OpenADR signals to end-users and commercial buildings. A brief description about the characteristic of PRIME will also be provided. This talk will also focus on evaluating the transmission of OpenADR signals using PRIME through a power line channel.
An EETD Seminar on November 1, 2011 -- by Jaimie Levin, Director of Environmental Technology and Fuel Cell Program Manager at AC Transit.
Mr. Levin discusses AC Transit's range of environmental technology initiatives, including: zero emission fuel cell transit buses; state-of-the-art, high-capacity, hydrogen fueling stations; solar energy systems; and stationary solid oxide fuel cell power generators. AC Transit has the largest fleet of fuel cell buses in the United States, featuring fuel cell systems with more than 10,000 hours of continuous operation without any failures or power degradation. Their fuel cell fleet has logged more than 400,000 miles of service and carried in excess of one million passengers. Come hear what AC Transit has learned, where they're headed, and what the future prospects are for fuel cell technology in the transit industry.