The Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy is funding a project that will deliver a ‘Transactional Network’ that supports energy, operational, and financial transactions initially between roof top units (RTUs), between RTUs and the electric power grid using applications, or 'agents' that reside either on the equipment, on local building controllers or in the Cloud.
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate and propagate an open source, open architecture platform that enables a variety of site/equipment specific applications to be applied in a cost effective and scalable way. This will lower the cost of entry for both existing and new service providers as the data transport or information exchange typically required for operational and energy related products and services will be ubiquitous and interoperable.
The Transactional Network project scope is currently being expanded to include supermarket refrigeration, but it is expected that as the platform matures, its applicability will be for the residential and light industrial markets as well.
For more information, please contact George Hernandez at George.Hernandez@ee.doe.gov or any of the national laboratories that are supporting this project.