Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA
Project Partners:
-- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA
-- Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
-- Transformative Wave - Kent, WA
-- Emerson - St. Louis, MO
-- NorthWrite - Minneapolis, MN
-- EnerNOC - Baltimore, MD
DOE Funding: $625,000
Cost Share: N/A
Project website: http://transactionalnetwork.pnnl.gov/
Project Term: Jan. 2013 - 2016

Project Objective

This project is developing, demonstrating, and deploying an open-source, open-architecture transactional network platform. The transactional network enables interactions among networked systems, such as rooftop air conditioners, and the electric grid. These transactions occur either through automated diagnostics and advanced controls, which are embedded in the transactional platform, or through an application run in the cloud. In both cases, the software connects the building system to the grid while also providing continuous monitoring and energy management. This open-source platform enables building managers to make cost-effective energy-saving decisions for their building and the systems within it. The team first demonstrated the transactional concept with networked rooftop air conditioners and heat pumps, and it is now extending the concept to lighting and refrigeration systems.

Project Impact

The transactional network platform will allow multiple applications/strategies to be hosted at a lower transaction cost and is the first step in achieving the vision of integrating the buildings with the grid, while ensuring that buildings are operated efficiently. Because buildings consume over 70% of the electricity generated, integrating buildings with the grid will fulfill many of the Smart Grid goals as well, including increasing distributed renewable generation reliably and enabling participation in the ancillary services market.


DOE Technology Manager: Joe Hagerman
Lead Performer: Srinivas Katipamula, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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