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2014 Technical Meeting on a Software Framework for Transactive Energy

On July 23 and 24, 2014, BTO held technical meetings graciously hosted by Case Western Reserve University on a Software Framework for Transactive Energy. The purpose of this meeting was to give an overview of the VOLTTRON™ platform. View a list of the technical presentations.

July 23, 2014

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  • Agenda Review, Ground Rules and Introductions: Sean McDonald, Facilitator
  • DOE/BTO Purpose and Context: George Hernandez, PNNL. This presentation provides an overview of BTO’s long-term vision for buildings in actively supporting the integration of renewable and other variable, distributed generation resources while simultaneously providing building owners with enhanced comfort, amenity and economic and other opportunities. It also describes some BTO R&D using transactive energy applications to lower buildings’ energy use, raise building’s efficiency, and provide wider, ancillary benefits to the power system.
  • Motivation for the Transaction-Based Reference Platform: George Hernandez, PNNL. This presentation indicates why the Transaction-Based Reference Platform is central to realization of the BTO long-term vision for buildings. How the platform defines the basic structure of the future energy integrated ecosystem and lays out the transition from today’s static, one directional, and often times “manual” energy system (“current state”) to a new “future state” of energy, characterized by highly automated, two way exchanges of information, data and energy between entities in the energy system.

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  • VOLTTRON™ Introduction and History: Jereme Haack, PNNL. Provides an overview of the motivations behind the development of VOLTTRON™ and its history from the internally funded PNNL project to the open source BTO funded platform.
  • VOLTTRON™ Technical Overview and Features: Brandon Carpenter, PNNL. With the Introduction and History as a starting point, this session covers VOLTTRON’s™ features in more detail and discuss future plans including the VOLTTRON™ 2.0 release.

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  • Using the VOLTTRON™ Platform for Measuring Savings and Fault Detection in Lighting Systems: Rich Brown, LBNL. This presentation describes work done at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to use the VOLTTRON™ platform to measure savings from control of HVAC and lighting systems, as well as fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) of lighting control systems. Summarizes LBNL’s experience working with the VOLTTRON™ platform and offer suggestions for future improvements.
  • Use of VOLTTRON™ Platform for Advanced Control of Building Equipment: Teja Kuruganti, ORNL. This presentation describes the work done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to use the VOLTTRON™ platform for three different applications including control of multiple roof top units, photovoltaic forecast-driven model predictive control, and supermarket refrigeration control. Describes ORNL’s experience in using VOLTTRON™ for control applications along with some preliminary thoughts on using event-driven architectures, such as VOLTTRON™, to perform closed-loop control and future applications in transactive energy.

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  • Experience in Developing Applications/Agents for the VOLTTRON™ Platform: Srinivas Katipamula, PNNL. This presentation describes PNNL developed applications/agents for the VOLTTRON™ platform to highlight the transactional network concept using rooftop units as a basis: automated fault detection diagnostics, demand response, smart monitoring and diagnostics and intelligent duty cycling applications. Overview of experience in developing the applications, the details of how the applications were deployed on VOLTTRON™, the VOLTTRON™ services that these applications uses and the lessons learned for the development effort.
  • VOLTTRON™ as a Platform for Building Energy Management Open Source (BEMOSS) Application at Virginia Tech University: Saifur Rahman, Virginia Tech University. BEMOSS is an open-source software package that is designed to improve sensing and control of equipment/appliances in small- and medium-sized commercial buildings, reduce energy consumption and help implement demand response. This presentation describes underlying reasons for choosing VOLTTRON™, our experience with VOLTTRON™, as well as software enhancements made to VOLTTRON™ so that it has a broader appeal to help control selected HVAC, lighting and plug loads in commercial buildings.

July 24, 2014

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  • VOLTTRON™ Development Primer: How to create an application, how to use services - Jereme Haack, Brandon Carpenter, PNNL. This session gets into the technical details of deploying the VOLTTRON™ platform and of developing agents to execute in the environment. The goal is to give newcomers a head start and to go over capabilities of which experienced developers may not be aware. We will walk through VOLTTRON™ agents to serve as working examples for other developers.
  • Virginia Tech Operating System built on VOLTTRON™ for Building Energy Management – Manisa Pipattanasomporn, Murat Kuzlu, VA Tech. This session describes the VT OS as an open source, open architecture platform built on VOLTTRON™, allowing all supported devices to be discovered automatically as they are deployed in buildings, and integration of different load controllers from different vendors, using different communication technologies and data exchange protocols. The session also includes a live in-room demonstration of the Virginia Tech Operating System.

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  • A Community of VOLTTRON™ Users: An Introduction – George Hernandez, PNNL. This session describes several research projects furthering transactive energy for buildings, including the BTO funded Transactional Network project that uses the VOLTTRON™ platform. Describes the BTO goal of forming a technical community around the concept of transactive energy in buildings. Suggests how a technology community built around transactive energy can help grow acceptance by providing a reference application deployment platform, a set of proven applications with known benefits, and an active, grassroots support eco-system.
  • A Community of VOLTTRON™ Users: Suggestions for Development – Srinivas Katipamula, PNNL. This session highlights some of the desired outcomes for a transactive energy community, and also presents a for-discussion concept of how the community should be formed, what it should do and how it should be managed.
  • The Case Western Reserve University Campus Grid - Mingguo Hong, Case Western Reserve University. This session provides an overview of CWRU’s campus microgrid testbed. Features include the ability to break up into small microgrids at the individual building level, allowing integration of more solar, wind, energy storage systems, and direct digital metering and controls, and utilizing backup generators in parallel operation.

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  • Suggestions for Proposed Future Development and Commercialization of VOLTTRON™ Platform - George Hernandez, PNNL. This session features an open discussion with meeting participants on the potential future services and features that might be supported for development by DOE. In particular, participants explore what is required to broaden the usage of VOLTTRON™ in a variety of commercial applications.

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