Cool NYC program uses wifi enabled sensor for demand reduction

1) Sustainability problem: Mobility

  • Energy demand response (DR) using wifi enabled senors to have residential users to participate in load shedding.

2) Summary:

  • Con Ed customers participate in heat events and allow for control of their AC units
  • A wifi enabled modlet plugs into the outlet of the customer’s AC unit
  • Con Ed sends a signal to shut off or adjust setpoints of AC units and aid in DR

3) Stakeholders:

  • ConEdison, other energy providers looking to replicate program
  • Electric grid, transmission entities
  • Residential energy users
  • Municipal, state and federal energy agencies

4) Deployment:

  • Evaluate widespread rollout of the devices
  • Look for opportunities in for other energy using devices(cable box, phantom loads)
  • Encourage small business implementation of devices

Article: Cool NYC/ThinkEcoCoolNYC Program


Big Data vs Congestion


1) Sustainability problem: Mobility

  • Traffic and congestion on the road, by sea, in the air, on the rails—wasted productivity, increases pollution (air quality and GHGs) and is costly to society.

2) Summary:

  • Utilizing existing infrastructure through improved demand management and deployed maintenance.
  • Through digitization (big data), the collection and strategic use of information to forecast.
  • Influence behavior in to improve the reliability and efficiency of transport infrastructure.
  • Use pattern recognition, re-allocation of assets and dynamic pricing to effect travel.

3) Stakeholders:

  • Local government/municipalities
  • Commuters
  • Freight carriers
  • Infrastructure construction entities

4) Deployment:

  • Identity the data streams and integrate the logic of the travel modes and various system goals.
  • Establish transparency of the data and computer systems.
  • Understand the share of costs and benefits to various stakeholders to properly manage.
  • Engage the regulatory entities to encourage cooperation.

Article: Big Data vs Traffic


How IOT (The Internet of Things) will make Smart Buildings in Smart Cities


1) Sustainability problem: Energy

  • Energy optimization/efficiency is needed to fulfill the growing needs of the over 50% population in urban areas while considering the climate change impacts of energy usage.

2) Summary:

  • By installing sensors to collect various data sources from energy users, a city can study trends and provide better services.
  • IOT with logic can coordinate public transport energy efficiently and facilitate timelines.
  • Buildings can instal occupancy sensors to reduce HVAC and lighting usage.

3) Stakeholders:

  • Local government/municipalities
  • Building owners
  • Homeowners
  • Commuters
  • Property owners

4) Deployment:

  • Identity the data streams and integrate the logic of the various systems.
  • Utilize a test case in one building, install sensors and computer systems.
  • Coordinate test cases for public transit.
  • Create a fully datafied society.

Article: Smart Buildings Article

Google to convert coal powerplant to data center using 100% renewables

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1) Sustainability problem: Energy

  • A large amount of Energy is needed to keep pace with the needs of a data driven society while considering the climate change impacts of energy generation.

2) Summary:

  • Data centers run 24/7/365 to keep up with the needs of e-commerce, online services and information access.
  • Data Centers are energy intensive facilities.
  • Building at the site of a former power plant allows for the re-allocation of existing energy distribution infrastructure.

3) Stakeholders:

  • Local government/municipality
  • Local power company (Tennessee Valley Authority)
  • Former employees of coal power plant

4) Deployment:

  • Build the Datacenter facility with state-of-the-art energy efficiency.
  • Develop the power plant with the latest renewable technology.
  • Keep both facilities capable of being improved with new technologies as available.

Article: Google Data CenterArticle

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Plug-and-Play LED Lighting Technology


1) Issue: Energy/Water & Waste Management, LED Lighting Technology reduces electricity usage.

2) Tech summary:

  • Lunera® Lighting, Inc.,is accelerating the transformation to advanced LED technology highlighted by the new plug-and-play Lamp series of commercial interior and exterior LED replacements for high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps at the West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC).
  • The plug-and-play lighting portfolio delivers a best-in-class LED replacement lighting solution. It gives facility owners and operators the opportunity to save 60% to 80% on their lighting energy.
  • BallastLED technology enables its lamps to operate directly off a fixture’s existing ballast, making an upgrade to LED lighting a simple plug-and-play installation without additional costs of hiring an electrician or electrical contractor.
  • Lighting of this type is suitable for areas where lighting use cannot be intermittent. Including: 24/7 work areas, parking garages, municipal buildings, etc…
  • Articles: Plug and Play LED LightingLunera Lucy Lamp

3) Stakeholders: commercial business owners, municipal energy managers, government buildings,

4) Steps for deployment:

  • Partner with lighting contractors to supply LED technology for projects
  • Develop incentive based programs to increase installation of technology
  • Increase product line to include more options for other lighting applications (indoors, etc…)

Energy Management Control Systems using Data Forecasting


Problem: There is lost energy savings opportunity in buildings because of inaccurate or slow response to the needs of the building and environment. Summary:

  1. Energy Management Systems are a sophisticated metering and  control system designed to help monitor, forecast usage, analyze and control a facility to optimize efficiency and minimize cost.
  2. Features such as a forecasting, real-time benchmarking, reports and control capabilities, connecting different energy goals for continuous energy savings opportunities.
  3. Examples are Grid Navigator and Callida Energy:

Organizational Stakeholders who will use the product:

  1. Commercial facility managers
  2. Commercial small businesses
  3. Industrial facilities
  4. Home owners

Deploying Technology:

  1. Engage stakeholders in the value of a control system that optimizes based on data collected.
  2. Verify or install the proper sensors and control interfaces.
  3. Monitor and track the performance of the system towards the energy saving goals.

ta2435: Tarek Arafat