The Green Proving Ground program has commissioned Department of Energy National Laboratories to perform real-world measurement and verification of the following technologies in pilot installations in federally-owned buildings. Preliminary technology assessments are available below as PDFs.
Preliminary Technology Assessments
Central Plant Optimization Strategy > This central plant control technology is designed to optimize energy use in chilled water systems. To reduce energy consumption, chillers, cooling towers, and associated pumps are operated as a single system. In combination with the necessary Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) equipment, this technology applies a control algorithm to maintain optimal differential system pressure, reducing pumping energy and equipment runtime. Findings available 2015.
Socially Driven HVAC > The socially driven web-based thermostat is a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control system that enables office building occupants to control their thermal environment through a mobile device or web page. The software collects and processes occupant preferences in a “social networking /gaming” environment; artificial intelligence technologies then calculate the most efficient way to satisfy those preferences using the building’s HVAC system. Findings available 2015.
Variable-Speed Chiller Plant Control > By treating the chilled water plant as an optimized complete system, variable-speed chiller plant control technology saves energy, water, and even provides the possibility of an overall plant-size reduction. Findings available 2015.