Southeast HVAC News
DOE invests $6M to support
commercial building efficiency.
Project will help businesses cut energy costs,
reduce carbon pollution.
The Energy Department announced up to
$6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging
energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the
country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs
through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution.
Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20% of all energy
used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180
billion, and are responsible for 18% of total U.S. carbon emissions.
The projects will generate data, case studies, and information
intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy
efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building
energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial
refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The
selected projects include:
•enVerid Systems (Houston) - enVerid will retrofit building
ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants
such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled
while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the
building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant
energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate
commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.
•BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City,
Calif.) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial
buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based
software application that runs on top of existing building
automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility
tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to
automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These
adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses
over time employing building use data, as well as predictive
algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate
building demonstrations will be conducted.
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•QM Power Inc.
(Lee’s Summit, Mo.) - QM Power has developed high efficiency
7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial
refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and
demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more
than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open
display case retrofits that could result in significant
efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application
has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy
savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.
Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Mass.) - The project is designed
to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs),
which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project
will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10
buildings, which should experience significant energy savings
compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls.
Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies.
The demonstration results will be used to support development of
utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.