Methodology for building-to-grid testbed implementation

by Puneet Kaur

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Department: Electric and Electronic Engineering
Degree: MS
Year: 2011
Keywords: Smart grid; Energy efficiency; Load management; Demand response
Record ID: 1893897
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/1032


The University of California Berkeley created a building-to-grid (B2G) test bed facility at one of their buildings called Cory Hall to research and analyze the strategies useful in making buildings capable of responding to electrical critical pricing periods and simultaneously more baseline energy efficient. California State University Sacramento (CSUS) shadowed Cory Hall testbed to gain the knowledge on the processes involved and the problems that can be encountered while conducting this type of research. This project performs a comprehensive analysis of the testbed implemented at Cory Hall, investigates the process involved in setting up a smart grid testbed at any facility, examines the similar work done and discusses the transition required for reusing the knowledge gained in B2G project. Case studies performed at CSUS regarding the energy management operations at the campus, are also discussed in the report. The problems and the issues to be considered in terms of installation and implementation of monitoring and sensing devices are also discussed in detail. The various ways to approach the testbed problems and potential issues that could be caused by these are mentioned in this report. The B2G project saw installation of electrical monitors/meters and a steam condensate meter. The empirical results to date demonstrate success in pervasive energy monitoring within the building. This report monitors the outcome of the testbed project and discussed the lessons learned from it. This report would serve as a guiding document to future researches on building-to-grid and demand response at campus level. The knowledge in this report can assist the management team of a building in making sound decisions about their load management, demand response and energy conservation.