Building Load Aggregation and Adaptive Power Management for Improved Resilience

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Building Load Aggregation and Adaptive Power Management for Improved Resilience Building Load Aggregation and Adaptive Power Management for Improved Resilience This project will develop adaptive power management methodologies to improve awareness of power usage and power quality on installations, reduce operation and planning expenditures, and enhance network autonomy for installation-wide control and adaptability. Building load and energy asset data aggregation and controls will be integrated with low-cost, open standard building automation systems developed by private sector partner Climatec. The resulting work and demonstration of minimum-viableproduct will be evaluated to determine dual-use applications for both military and civilian markets. This topic has been curated for installation applications through conversations with installation leadership and visits to meet installation staff, see facilities, curate challenges and goals, and discuss program planning. This project aims to achieve two common goals of Navy and other DoD branches: 1.) Modernization of installations that are capable of maintaining energy independence and resilience against contingencies 2.) Increased monitoring and control of legacy and new assets within power networks to ensure mission autonomy. Integrating low-cost building automation systems and adaptive power management algorithms can make this possible with significant cost savings. One example installation that can benefit is Camp Pendleton, which has over 600 buildings and is the largest West Coast expeditionary training facility encompassing more than 125,000 acres with great distances between buildings and training areas. This creates an electrical network of rural load centers that have minimal to no ability to be remotely monitored, controlled, and optimized for mission-level benefit. Navy and DoD benefits include: (1) Provides a low-cost solution for improved awareness of power usage and power quality to reduce operation and planning expenditures within the facilities, sustainment, restoration, and modernization (FSRM) model as deemed a critical issue in the 38th Commandants Planning Guidance for USMC. (2) Includes load-level energy monitoring, control, and interaction with endusers to raise awareness of efficient use of energy resources, an objective indicated by the United States Marine Corps in their Energy Ethos line of operation within the Installations Energy Strategy. (3) Improves energy network autonomy with the ability to maintain energy independence and system resiliency against contingencies, and improves energy network flexibility to support continuity of operations during grid outages by balancing/reducing non-critical loads. These benefits align with the Naval Research and Development framework that prioritizes increased flexibility for integrated and distributed forces through incorporation of autonomous and disaggregated systems
Effective start/end date2/1/221/31/24


  • DOD-NAVY: Office of Naval Research (ONR): $249,999.00


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