DOE Sponsored Research
Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS)
The BEMOSS project is designed to develop an open source software platform for building energy management systems (BEMS) to improve small and medium-sized building energy efficiency and help implement demand response (DR). This opens up demand side ancillary services markets and creates opportunities for building owners, which in turn can help accelerate development of market-ready products like embedded BEMS and communication device controllers for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting and plug loads. It enables utilities and independent system operators (ISOs) to actively leverage DR as a partial substitute for generation reserve or transmission upgrade.
Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse
This project is a cooperative effort among Virginia Tech, the IEEE Power & Energy Society and EnerNex Corporation to design, populate, manage and maintain a public Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) portal. Contents in the SGIC portal will include demonstration projects, use cases, standards, legislation, policy and regulation, lessons learned and best practices, and advanced topics dealing with research and development. It is envisioned that the SGIC portal will be the essential gateway that connects a smart grid community to the relevant sources of information that are currently scattered and distributed on the worldwide web. The SGIC database will highlight smart grid related information from organizations – both in the US and abroad – that are active in technology, standards, policy and educational aspects of this rapidly evolving opportunity to use electricity in an environmentally responsible way. The Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) is designed to serve as a repository for public smart grid information and to direct its users to other pertinent sources or databases for additional data, case studies, etc. It will facilitate direct sharing and dissemination of smart grid information among various stakeholders on knowledge gained, lessons learned and best practices. It will also serve as a decision support tool for both state and federal regulators in their deliberations for rule-making and evaluating the impact of their investments in the smart grid technologies and software. This will serve as a public forum for information outreach to all interested parties.
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"Renewable Energy and the Global Environment" - A Modular, Web-Based Interdisciplinary Course for Undergraduates.
This project is aimed at mid-level undergraduate college students and their professors. It will provide distance-learning content about renewable energy technologies and associated energy storage, transmission, and distribution systems; their economic and environmental benefits, and their deployment through green power markets and related policies. Many of today’s undergraduates will become business or government leaders who can influence the adoption and use of renewable energy technologies in the coming decades, and all will be voters and energy consumers. The materials developed by this project are intended to ensure that today’s students have the knowledge to ask the right questions and make informed choices.
Virginia Million Solar Roofs and PV4VA: Combining Resources for Solar Energy Education, Research, and Outreach.
As a new State Partnerships in the DOE Million Solar Roofs Initiative, Virginia has committed to installing 500 solar energy systems on buildings throughout the state by the year 2010. The Photovoltaics for Virginia (PV4VA) Working Group was established by DMME to facilitate the installation of PV systems in Virginia, thereby helping sustain revenues and jobs created by the PV manufacturers in our state, while at the same time promoting innovative ways to address Virginia’s energy needs and environmental challenges. This project combines DOE and DMME funding for CEAGE to execute a first-year implementation plan of education, research, and outreach to support these two highly compatible programs.