U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office
Distributed Intelligent-Automated Demand Response Building Management System Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into distributed intelligent-automated demand response (DIADR) building management systems.
This project aims to develop a DIADR building management system with intelligent optimization and control algorithms for demand management, taking into account a multitude of factors affecting cost including:
- Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Other building systems
- Usage and occupancy patterns.
The key challenge is to provide the demand response the ability to address more and more complex building systems that include a variety of loads, multiple generations, and uncertain environment requirements. To meet the challenge of increasing local autonomy the applicant will work on "light-weight" service-oriented architectures adapted to this unique environment.
Research is being undertaken by DOE, the Regents of the University of California Berkeley, Siemens Corporate Research, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The goal of this project is to demonstrate an innovative demand response management system on a typical commercial building that reduces the amount of energy demanded.
Benefits and Impacts
The project seeks to achieve 30% demand reduction while still maintaining the building as a healthy, productive, and comfortable environment.