TECHNOLOGY VISION: Research foundations to create new forms and technology systems on Space cooling and heating HVAC, Lighting, real-time demand response, plug loads, on-site generation in one building platform called BOP. This tie all systems, captures and gather real time data and optimizes performance as yo walk into the space. It is supposed to adjust according to your or occupants' comfort level, protecting you from hazardous elements, and provide you the "tuning" capability as you need them. It adapts to our needs any time of the day or night at what ever climate change or weather system there is around us.
- Reduce Lighting Energy: Daylighting, Improved lighting tubes, lighting designs, luminaires.
- Improved Facades- Glazing, Shading and Daylighting Control.
- Explore new Glazing
- Building Form
- Reduce HVAC Energy utilization
- Reduce refrigeration energy
- Reduce Plug Loads
- How do you motivate a rapid transition to energy efficiency,
- what is relevant is what and how much people will pay.
- Monitoring scheme for buildings is important, if you can monitor building energy use accurately in real-time, it is easier to meet a building performance standard. Its moving forward at state level.
- What kind of buildings do we want to occupy. What is cool? What do people actually like?
- How do we make energy efficiency cool?
- We need to go into each home and buildings, figure out what is broken. Program must provide you with work plan, and provide incentive programs to figure out what's needed.
- We need to retrofit hundreds of thousands of buildings now.
- We need different approach for retrofitting existing buildings vs building new ones.
- Plug and play technologies. Make building idiot-proof, idiot-resistant, friendly.
- Learn from Hybrid cars; homes and parts of it could be manufactured where systems like in cars could be plug and play technologies. All buildings are unique, no one is similar.
- Building integration platform is equivalent to computer software it can get you 75%; changes in hardware can get you 25%
- Utilities recognize the problem.
- HiperBRIC needs a model that will succeed in the marketplace. This is not a problem in research-its a problem of markets, business and policy.
- Unsuccessful in giving people a reason to buy energy efficiency.
- Lab could develop Systems Integration.
- The proof of concept is the demo building that shows 90% savings? Need both scalability and modularity.
- An open platform "Linux of Buildings".
- Leads to new and improved renewable and sustainable energy generation technologies.
- Sets the standard for institutional energy efficiency and sustainable energy futures.
- Educates the energy industry and the next generation of energy scholars and practitioners.
- Examines domestic and global energy policy.
Energy Efficiency and Intelligent InfrastructureEnergy efficiency is the first component of any practical, large-scale implementation of renewable energy generation. The Energy Efficiency and Intelligent Infrastructure group pursues research to optimize and reduce the consumption of energy in the built environment and thereby provide a platform for a sustainable energy future.
Research within this group capitalizes on a close partnership with the design and operation of the physical campus. UC Merced has committed that buildings on campus will consume half of the energy and demand of other University buildings in California. The campus has also deployed an extensive control and monitoring system to support this effort. These systems put UC Merced on the cutting edge of energy efficiency implementation and form a living laboratory that supports and integrates teaching and research efforts.
Smart Infrastructure for Energy Control and ManagementThree research projects are being jointly pursued by UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and United Technologies Corporation (UTC) as part of a strategic partnership organized as the High Performance Research and Implementation Center (HiPerBRIC).
The first seeks to use model predictive control to optimize the operation of the campus cooling system.
- This research will create a model of the campus central plant, thermal energy storage system, and building loads, from which algorithms will be developed and assessed that provide predictive control to minimize energy consumption across campus.
- The second research project investigates the use of high-resolution sensor networks to estimate occupancy and provide input for the optimized control of lighting and HVAC systems.
- The third research project develops and assesses tools to visualize building performance benchmarking and simulation data within an operational environment as a way to reduce energy consumption.
- extensive control and monitoring system
These are integrated with a variety of active media, which include nanocrystal quantum dots, carbon and silicon nanowires and polymer-semiconductor based hybrid materials, to make high efficiency devices for next generation solar energy converters.