- Building energy efficiency
The Retro-Commissioning Sensor Suitcase is an innovative technological solution developed through a Department of Energy (DOE) national lab-industry partnership to improve a building’s operating costs, comfort, and energy performance.
Technology Overview/ Abstract
Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed software to accompany the Retro-Commissioning Sensor Suitcase. The sensors are distributed throughout the building and are returned to the suitcase for analysis. The software then generates building energy efficiency recommendations, which would normally require a significant investment of time and money from building owners who hire energy-efficiency experts.
The software identifies four new energy efficiency opportunities:
- Plug load energy savings
- Improvements in system operation schedule
- Improvements in “setbacks” for commercial buildings on nights and weekends (allowing temperatures to drift to higher or lower temperatures when building are unoccupied)
- Reduction of peak load
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: Proven principle
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OPPORTUNITIES: Available for licensing.
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