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Open Energy Information Systems (OpenEIS)

Lead Performer: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA
Project Partners:
-- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA
-- Navigant - Chicago, IL
DOE Funding: $1,550,000
Cost Share: N/A
Project Term: Oct. 2012 - Sept. 2017

Project Objective

Building managers can increase whole-building energy efficiency by up to 20% through continuous monitoring and analysis. However, most building managers do not have cost-effective access to commercial tools, algorithms, or diagnostic methods. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is developing an open-source data analysis and diagnostics platform that provides standard methods for authoring, sharing, testing, using, and improving algorithms for operational building energy efficiency. The open energy information system (OpenEIS) strategy is aimed at getting the market to validate and implement state-of-the-art analytical and diagnostic algorithms, thereby creating market demand for control system manufacturers and integrators serving small- and medium-sized commercial customers. Industry will not take on such an effort; it is investing in proprietary solutions.

Project Impact

The target market for this project is commercial buildings under 100 square feet, representing 3.4 quads total energy use. LBNL estimates that, based on Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data, and assuming 15% average savings, adoption of analytics throughout the target market would enable 500 TBtu (.5 quads) of savings.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Joseph Hagerman
Lead Performer: Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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