Maximizing Thermal Efficiency and Optimizing Energy Management (Fact Sheet) [report]

2012 unpublished
Scientists at this living laboratory develop optimal solutions for managing energy flows within buildings and transportation systems. The built environment is stressing the utility grid to a greater degree than ever before. Growing demand for electric vehicles, space conditioning, and plug loads presents a critical opportunity for more effective energy management and development of efficiency technologies. Researchers at the Thermal Test Facility (TTF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of
more » ... rgy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, are addressing this opportunity. Through analysis of efficient heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) strategies, automated home energy management (AHEM), and energy storage systems, scientists uncover solutions for cost-effectively reducing the nation's electric demand and fossil fuel consumption, expanding the use of renewable electricity to transportation, and enhancing the reliability and stability of the power grid. TTF researchers also study replacement of high-globalwarming-potential (High GWP) refrigerants, improving health and durability of buildings, effectively using available solar resources, and improving performance of electric vehicle energy storage components and systems.
doi:10.2172/1038345 fatcat:6cdlwdzdy5b4pjvym3ewgqpk3m