Welcome!

News Feed Item

Danfoss EnVisioneering(SM) Symposium Finds Converging Technologies Could Create New Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in New and Retrofit Buildings

New Ways of Using Energy Could Redefine the Role of Commercial Utilities and the Building-Utility Relationship

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/14 -- Danfoss, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial and water systems, recently hosted its 21st EnVisioneering Symposium in Washington, D.C. The event, titled "The Decade Ahead: Trigger Points to Efficiency," assembled executives in the HVAC and related industries, as well as leaders in research and business, to discuss the future of energy efficiency in new and retrofit buildings. Specifically, the symposium outlined the converging technologies and trends that could redefine the way energy is used in buildings and reshape the role of the traditional electric utility.

"Energy efficiency is the first fuel and the cheapest, fastest way to meet our energy needs," remarked Senator Jeanne Shaheen during her keynote address, setting the tone for the conversation. "In the last 40 years, we have saved more energy through efficiency than we have produced through fossil fuels and nuclear power combined in the U.S. When you think about it in those terms, it has tremendous opportunities for savings and could really help address our energy needs in the long term."

Converging Technologies & New Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that 75 percent of buildings are expected to be new or renovated by 2035, which means a major opportunity for deploying energy-efficient building technology. According to symposium participants, these emerging and maturing technologies -- such as variable speed air conditioning, solar power, combined heat and power (CHP), and energy storage -- are reducing energy use today and, when broadly deployed, harbor even greater potential to improve building energy efficiency, both individually and in the short term.

But the convergence point of these technologies, suggested Robert Wilkins, vice president public affairs, Danfoss, is the current period of low price and plentiful natural gas. "With much higher building efficiencies and onsite photovoltaics, combined heat and power generation, and cleaner fuel, we will no longer be as dependent on massive coal-fired power plants that often have to be located miles and miles away from our cities," he said. "Several utilities are now converting old coal-fired power plants to natural gas to reduce emissions. This is likely to increase with [the proposal of U.S. EPA's] Section 111(d)."

Natural gas, according to R. Neal Elliott, associate director for research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, also brings to life the potential for CHP systems, which currently provide just 12 percent of annual power generation, but are efficient, reliable, and environmentally-friendly. Plus, utilities are well-suited to owning CHP systems as they understand their distribution systems and customers, costs can be rate-based, and benefits can be shared system-wide.

"The EPA estimates that a 5-MW natural gas CHP turbine can produce the same amount of energy as the grid but with only about half of the CO2 emissions," he noted. Average grid-provided electricity, in contrast, is only 33 percent efficient, wasting the other 67 percent of fuel. "That's a bigger bang for your Btu buck!"

Building Trends & the Changing Business Model of Utilities

By optimizing the efficiency of individual technologies, the opportunity of systems -- specifically, a whole building systems approach -- today has garnered the attention of industry, large buildings, and multi-building owners who are becoming increasingly interested in the benefits of efficiency and sustainability. This includes industry's move toward new, low-GWP refrigerants, and exploits the benefits of "big data" and the connectivity of buildings and technologies.

It is estimated that in the next 25 years, 50 percent of commercial space will be new -- indicating a dramatic change in a short period for buildings. At the same time, industry is seeking to improve the efficiency of existing buildings through improvements in ASHRAE Standard 90.1, a proposal for which is seeking a 7 percent gain in efficiency by 2016.

Together, these trends are relevant to the new opportunities emerging for net zero energy and onsite generation/district energy on a broad scale. Ralph DiNola, executive director of the New Buildings Institute, described the net zero building as the number one trend his organization sees today. In fact, he notes that the number of net zero buildings has doubled in recent years.

As the use of natural gas, solar, storage, and microgrids will continue to impact the cost of electricity for commercial buildings, symposium participants focused on the idea that the role of the traditional electric utility also will be impacted. Higher standards for building efficiency and the move toward net zero buildings will increase the role of data which already is widely accessible, and, as buildings become less reliant on the grid for power generation, utilities will need to redefine their business model.

"Last year, utilities installed more renewables than the private sector, which seems to be recognition of the issue they have before them," DiNola commented. He explained that in places like Hawaii, Arizona, New York, and California, the cost of solar and storage has now dipped below the cost of retail electricity. "This is exciting and I actually think that utilities are the ideal market actors to be developing renewable energy systems, district energy systems, and microgrids."

Discussing specific electricity market pricing and demand opportunities, David Ulmer, project manager at EnergyCAP, Inc., explained that, today, building owners could actually be paid to reduce energy costs. By reducing consumption on those days of the year when demand is highest, he suggested that the United States could save energy and billions of dollars in transmission and generation investment.

"Market designs can help incentivize certain behavior, causing electricity demand to respond when conservation is needed most. Building owners and consumers can see significant utility savings and make some real money," said Ulmer.

Practical Deployment: Finding Value in New Approaches

Moving forward, the changing vision for energy efficiency and the building-utility relationship would require more advanced and defined benchmarking and disclosure practices.

DiNola remarked, "The idea of knowing how your buildings are performing is so vital in understanding what to do next." Building owners will need to rely on a shared knowledge of payback on net zero or onsite generation projects in order to prove the value of energy-efficiency programs.

To shed light on how new opportunities for energy efficiency can be actively deployed today, Dr. Kurt Roth, director, building energy technology, Fraunhofer USA, and Vincent Cushing, president, chief technology officer, and co-founder of QCoefficient, presented demonstration case studies -- highlighting the practical deployment of technologies impacting building efficiency and the utility relationship.

Roth's case study discussed Fraunhofer's "Living Laboratory," a mixed-use and active office and research space, and demonstrated to symposium participants the benefits of integrating high-efficiency technologies, including low-lift cooling technologies, radiant floor cooling and heating, active chilled beams, radiant sails/panels, displacement ventilation, dedicated outside air systems, LED lighting, energy recovery ventilation (ERVs), and building automation systems, into new and existing buildings. Together, these systems have helped to successfully reduce building loads, but Roth noted that integration and ongoing commissioning are critical to system optimization.

Cushing then explained how innovative software can reduce HVAC energy use and expenses up to 30 percent, improve electric generation efficiency and environmental performance, and introduce demand elasticity into grid markets. Using Chicago's Willis Tower as an example, he presented the case for turning buildings into batteries capable of storing energy on a multi-MW scale. They key to deployment, he said, is educating buildings owners and managers about the potential of new software strategies in supporting their efforts to maximize efficiency and improve tenant comfort while reducing cost, extending equipment life, and supporting corporate sustainability goals.

These examples combined with proof of trends and opportunities in technologies and buildings elevated the idea that the future of the traditional utility and grid could soon change. Achieving energy efficiency will, ultimately, require a unified approach while establishing a new building-utility relationship in the decade ahead.

But, progress, participants discussed, will depend on the continuing education of building owners, who are not always aware of the many high-efficiency technologies available today for installation in their buildings.

"Moving forward, the opportunity for energy efficiency, net zero energy, and emissions reductions is great," commented John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, at the close of the symposium. "What became increasingly evident throughout the presentations and discussion at this symposium is that, while converging technologies are creating a trigger point for change, these changes will define a new utility model of the future. And, that reality would require a change in the mindset of everyone -- from the equipment manufacturers to the building owners and maintenance professionals to the electric and natural gas utilities."

Related links:
www.envisioneering.danfoss.com

Danfoss is a world-leading supplier of technologies that meet the growing need for food supply, energy efficiency, climate-friendly solutions and modern infrastructure. The company's wide range of products and services are used in areas such as cooling food, air conditioning, heating buildings, controlling electric motors and powering mobile machinery. The company also is active in the field of solar and wind power as well as district heating and cooling infrastructure for cities and urban communities. Danfoss was founded in 1933 in Nordborg, Denmark. Today, the Group employs around 22,500 employees and sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world. Read more about Danfoss at www.danfoss.us. Learn about its energy-efficient solutions at http://www.danfoss.com/SolutionsReady/.

With sales offices and production facilities located throughout North America, Danfoss has the local support necessary to help our customers solve their greatest challenges. Through EnVisioneering(SM), Danfoss creates engaged partnerships with our customers by combining engineering innovation to develop products and solutions that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible, while also helping to reduce emissions and ensure sustainable business growth. For more information about EnVisioneering, visit www.envisioneering.danfoss.com.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TMC has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo and Big Data at Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Global buyers rely on TMC’s content-driven marketplaces to make purchase decisions and navigate markets. Learn how we can help you reach your marketing goals.
Managing mission-critical SAP systems and landscapes has never been easy. Add public cloud with its myriad of powerful cloud native services and this may not change any time soon. Public cloud offers exciting new possibilities for enterprise workloads. But to make use of these possibilities and capabilities, IT teams need to re-think everything they have done before. Otherwise, they will just end up using public cloud as a hosting platform for their workloads, aka known as “lift and shift.”
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...