Research project selected for funding from U.S. Department of Energy
Jul 10, 2017
A CEE-led research project has been selected for funding by The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office.
Read the full funding announcement on the Department of Energy website.
CEE's project will explore using network switches to operate and control lighting and plug loads in commercial building office spaces. The team will research and validate energy and cost savings opportunities using existing power over Ethernet (PoE) infrastructure to power and automate lighting, plugs, and HVAC system controls. CEE's research partners will include a PoE consultant, plug control provider, architecture and engineering firms, Xcel Energy and CBRE.
Projects funded through the DOE's Building Technologies Office will leverage a combined $5.4 million to help ignite new innovative commercial building technology packages that can save significant energy in new and existing buildings. According to the DOE, study findings will also enable investment-level decision making, helping "accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds."