An un-named Connecticut firm recently licensed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Volttron software platform for managing building energy use, according to the PNNL.
The open source software was created to meet the need to integrate renewable energy generation, energy storage and electric vehicles into building energy systems. Volttron lets users take advantage of the ever-increasing number of sensors and controls being deployed in the grid and buildings.
Originally developed under PNNL’s Future Power Grid Initiative, Volttron was then supported by the Building Technologies Office under the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Volttron has been extensively simulated and tested under ongoing DOE EERE projects. It has successfully scheduled water heater and electric vehicle recharging operations at PNNL’s Lab Home facilities.