Buildings and the Grid 101: Opportunities and challenges from HVAC, water heating, and appliances

“At the core of the technology being developed in the HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliance subprogram is the capability of the equipment to be responsive and dispatchable to both the electrical and gas grids while still providing occupant comfort. This subprogram is focused on developing energy-efficient equipment and components that are able to receive these signals from utilities and respond by adjusting their performance and energy consumption, particularly during periods of peak power demand. Today we are operating this equipment with on and off switches (0 or 100% loads) when most often something in between would be ideal for energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and the grid.”

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