DOE Invests $6M to Support Building Energy Efficiency

July 28, 2014 By Karen Henry

commercial-building-energy-manageThe US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country.

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:

  1. enVerid Systems, Houston, Texas: 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 reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the load on the HVAC system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over three years.
  2. BuildingIQ, 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. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.
  3. QM Power, Lee’s Summit, Mo.: QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency 7–16 W fans in refrigeration systems at more than 50 grocery stores throughout the United States, focusing on open display case retrofits. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to reduce energy costs by $1 billion.
  4. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Lexington, Mass.: The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more advanced lighting control (ALC) technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.

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