U.S. DOE experiments by investing $6 million to install energy efficiency systems in commercial buildings
Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will fund up to $6 million to deploy energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. According to the DOE, in the U.S., commercial buildings alone consume 20% of all energy used across the country, which equate...
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To achieve the goal of becoming a zero-carbon campus, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, Rice University is tapping into a 7.4-MW CHP unit. The CHP unit includes two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, and six chillers, which can generate 170,000 lbs/hr of steam and 13,188 tonne of chilled water at 80% to 84% efficiency, supplying 25% of Rice's electricity and 98% of its heat and cooling. The campus' district energy system, developed during the 1980s, delivers thermal energy to 50 campus buildings.
Schneider Electric plans to acquire the American distributed energy resources management software (DERMS) platform AutoGrid, enabling it to provide new software capabilities, primarily to manage such resources as residential and utility-scale batteries, rooftop solar, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and utility-scale renewable energy farms. But this partnership is really about scaling to new geographies as AutoGrid and Schneider Electric have been working together since 2013; moreover, back in 2019, Schneider Electric had shown interest in AutoGrid, acquiring 10% of AutoGrid's stake. Clients should expect the acquisition of DERMS platforms that offer management of multiple types of assets from large energy corporations as more DER are deployed worldwide.