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DOE ABC Initiative Phase 2 Funding for Fraunhofer USA CMI Awarded

We are proud to share that Fraunhofer USA CMI has been selected to receive Phase 2 funding from the Department of Energy Building Technologies Office’s Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Initiative. We will work with several project partners and US suppliers to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive, integrated deep energy retrofit solution for one- to four-family buildings.  Our solution..

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Fraunhofer USA CMI Joins DOE Connected Communities & Open Market ESCO LLC

The US Department of Energy just announced ten new projects  under Connected Communities funding opportunity that will demonstrate how energy efficient and grid-interactive technologies can transform homes and workplaces into connected communities.  Local to Boston, MA, Open Market ESCO LLC  will be implementing energy saving and flexible technologies across 2,000 homes.

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Gas Demand Response -To Scale or Not to Scale, that is the Question: Findings from a C&I Pilot

ABSTRACTFraunhofer and National Grid conducted a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of a gas Demand Response (DR) program that compensates larger commercial and industrial (C&I) customers to reduce gas consumption during peak gas demand periods, i.e., 6 to 9AM on very cold days. If the gas distribution system cannot maintain target pressure levels, the gas distribution utility may need to..

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When Two Isn’t Better Than One: Algorithms to Remotely Identify Insulation and Air Sealing Retrofit Opportunities in Homes with Two Communicating Thermostats

By: Dr. Michael Zeifman / Nov 13, 2020 3:11:45 PM / Building Energy Systems - Testing

ABSTRACTComputational methods analyzing interval data from Communicating Thermostats (CTs) have been proposed to remotely evaluate home thermal performance, e.g., to identify priority homes for energy retrofits or characterize homes’ demand response potentials. Such methods usually consider homes with a single CT. Many homes have two CTs and the two streams of CT data could provide greater..

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Seeing the Future: Evaluation of Time-Series Load-Prediction Methodologies for Optimal Energy Storage Dispatch in Solar-Dominant Distribution Grids

ABSTRACTOptimal dispatch of battery energy storage on solar-dominant distribution grids requires accurate time-series characterization of net loads at all hours of the day and over multiple seasons to mitigate both peak loading and to help manage reverse power flow during periods of high solar production / low demand, such as sunny spring and fall days.

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Beware the Fans: Lessons from a Compressor Controls Evaluation

By: Bryan Urban / Nov 12, 2020 4:52:18 PM / Building Energy Systems - Testing

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Fraunhofer USA-CMI Welcomes New Energy Systems Team

In the past year, Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation had the exciting opportunity to unite with the Fraunhofer USA - Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, and expand our core competencies  into the realms of building technologies and grid integration of distributed energy resources. 

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