Radically Transforming Buildings Through Integrated Energy Systems

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Roderick Jackson, Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, Oak Ridge
Energy and Transportation Science Division Seminar
Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (Building 5100), Auditorium (Room 128)
Email: Melanie Hamby

With increasing extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, the conventional approach to electricity generation, distribution, and consumption is subject to disruptions that can leave homes and businesses without power for weeks at a time.  Furthermore, the rapid deployment of distributed power is beginning to create new challenges for centralized grid systems that must now be addressed.  Moreover, 1.3 billion people in the world do not have access to any electricity, while the access of many others is quite unreliable.  With this in mind, off-grid buildings offer a viable solution that ORNL is well position that provide.  To meet this challenge, we are utilizing a fully integrated approach that will 1) develop advanced generation and storage systems that cross-cut vehicles and buildings, 2) implement an off grid building management system (OBMS) to optimally integrate and manage the building load, distributed generation, and required energy storage, and 3) enable use-inspired research to understand the science needed to make transformative breakthroughs in energy storage.  This research leverages key ORNL strengths in building energy efficiency, advanced manufacturing, sensors and controls, microgrids, vehicles, optimization science, equipment development, and energy storage.


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