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Sensors and Controls Projects

Advanced Building Control Solutions

Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – Richland, WA
Partners:
-- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN
-- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Berkeley, CA

Advanced Open-Source Sensor Packages for Building Monitoring

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – Richland, WA
-- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Berkeley, CA

Image courtesy of Virginia Tech and BTO Peer Review.
Building Energy Management Open-Source Software Development (BEMOSS)

Lead Performer: Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute - Alexandria, VA
Project Partners:
-- Arlington County, Virginia
-- Danfoss Corporation - Baltimore, MD
-- Virginia Tech Foundation - Blacksburg, VA

Left: 12600 data samples collected to identify the power consumption signatures of nine categories of devices

Right: Prototype of smart plugstrip with device identification capability that can be used for application such as efficient monitoring and controlling of plug loads, reduction of standby losses, detection of faulty devices, and demand response management
CBERD: Integrated Sensors and Controls

Lead Performer: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab -- Berkeley, CA
Project Partners:
-- Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, NY
-- International Institute of Information Technology – Hyderabad, India

Figure 1: Features of a sample CBERD energy information system package, with its three components- metering hardware, communications gateway, and software with user interface. Source: LBNL.
CBERD: Monitoring and Benchmarking for Energy Information Systems

Lead Performer:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley, CA
Project Partner: Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology – Ahmedabad, India

Enhanced Cloud-based Control System for Small Commercial Buildings

Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA
Partner: NorthWrite Inc. – Portland, OR

ORNL researchers are experimenting with additive roll-to-roll manufacturing techniques to develop low-cost wireless sensors. ORNL’s Pooran Joshi shows how the process enables electronics components to be printed on flexible plastic substrates. Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab
Low-Cost Wireless Sensors for Building Applications

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Industry Partner: Molex – Lisle, IL

Low-Cost, High-Accuracy, Whole-Building Carbon Dioxide Monitoring for Demand Control Ventilation

Lead Performer: Dioxide Materials™ – Boca Raton, FL
Partner: I-SENSE at Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL

Artist rendering of the optical sensor for humidity monitoring under development. The sensor material is "interrogated" by an LED and a photodiode, and the signal is processed by the novel, all-digital phase detector. A minimal number of electronic parts are required, thus the electronic element is simple and low-cost.
Optical Humidity Sensors for Building Energy Performance and Air Quality Control

Lead Performer: Intelligent Optical Systems Inc. – Torrance, CA
Partner: Circuit Seed, LLC – Corona del Mar, CA

Self-powering wireless sensor node. Image courtesy of Case Western University and BTO Peer Review.
Transforming Ordinary Buildings into Smart Buildings via Low-Cost, Self-Powering Wireless Sensors and Sensor Networks

Lead Performer: Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Partner: Intwine, Inc. - Cleveland, OH

Disaggregated power consumption charts. Image courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BTO Reviews.
University–Industry–National Laboratory Partnership to Improve Building Efficiency by Equipment Health Monitoring with Virtual Intelligent Sensing

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory- Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
-- Richman Surrey Inc. – Scottsdale, AZ

Virtual Sensing

Lead Performer: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Berkeley, CA
Partners:
-- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – Richland, WA
-- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN

Planned mixed-use demonstration site on Drexel University campus.
VOLTTRON Compatible Whole-Building Root-Fault Detection and Diagnosis

Lead Performer: Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA
Partner: KGS Buildings (Somerville, MA), Drexel School of Entrepreneurship (Philadelphia, PA)