First FEMP Call for Innovation

FEMP Call for Innovation

Background

With more than 350,000 buildings, the federal government is our nation’s largest energy consumer. Federal agencies have a tremendous opportunity and an obligation to reduce energy, water, and petroleum use, as well as greenhouse gas emissions in their operations. The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides federal agencies and organizations with the information, tools, and assistance they need to meet and track their energy-related requirements and goals. FEMP is collaborating with the JUMP team to accelerate deployment efforts of energy efficient technologies in the federal space. This call for innovation is intended to identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative technologies that have the potential to realize significant energy savings if implemented in federal buildings. At this year's Energy Exchange, held August 9-11 in Providence, RI, up to 3 finalists will have the opportunity to present on their technologies. Energy Exchange attendees will have an opportunity to vote on the most promising technologies. A team of technical judges will consider the votes and announce the winner at the Energy Exchange closing plenary.

The Challenge

Identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative energy saving technologies that are currently underutilized in the federal building space. The technology areas open to the JUMP call would be limited to lighting and/or lighting controls, and packaged HVAC and/or HVAC control systems. In case of innovations in control systems, interoperability with standards based communication protocols will be encouraged to facilitate rapid testing and evaluation. Technology areas that require more extensive analysis such as boilers, chillers, distributed generation/renewables, etc. will not be considered for this initial call. Commercialization efforts of qualifying technologies would benefit from analysis and verification by an accredited third party with building technologies expertise, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The Award

The winning idea will receive funding up to $50,000 awarded directly to ORNL by EERE for ORNL to validate, evaluate, and analyze the winning technology and its potential energy savings impact in federal buildings. ORNL would then produce a case study report documenting the analysis results and, if results are favorable, it could be used to promote the technology among federal buildings.

Idea Submission Deadline

Idea Submission Period Ends: Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

First FEMP Call for Innovation

High Efficiency Dehumidification System Cuts Energy use by 45%+

We were asked by a NASA Engineer to submit our Patented Relative Humidity control process to JUMP / FEMP for consideration, so here we are! We hope that the following information will allow us to earn your vote to have our technology evaluated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory! We are Energy Efficiency and Relative Humidity control “Subject Matter Experts” for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The High Efficiency ...more »

Submitted by (@sduncan)

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Germicidal Light Waves for Sustainable HVAC Coil Efficiency

Our design combines volatile organic compound (VOC) readers/sensors and advanced germicidal light waves to commercialize our Variable Dose Evaporative Coil Optimization (ECOs) systems to achieve continuous sustainable peak coil efficiency in package units. The innovative energy saving technology we are presenting is the Evaporative Coil Optimization systems (ECOs) using advanced germicidal light waves for coil cleaning ...more »

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Highly Efficient Managed Compressor for HVAC

Highly Efficient & Managed Compressor for HVAC We understand that in this FEMP call for innovation that you are seeking ideas on the management of packaged HVAC units. However, we believe we should, as Thomas Jefferson stated, "Begin with the end in mind." To begin a "band-aid" approach to improving the management of an outdated compressor technology seems a little nearsighted. When we began our quest to improve the technology ...more »

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Thermal Energy Storage Using Higher Temperature Phase Change

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is typically utilized where a large price differential exists between on peak and off peak energy prices. In this case, by using energy at a time of lower kWh costs, the consumer saves money. With ice storage they do not save energy. In fact, energy consumption is increases. This is due largely because of the energy penalty in producing ice (Diagram 1). The diagram illustrates the higher ...more »

Submitted by (@ajhoney)

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Thermal Optimization

Shift investment for residential thermal upgrades from the homeowner to the home's energy supplier. This is fully introduced here: http://climate.org/thermal-optimization-optimizing-energy-efficiency-in-existing-residential-buildings/ Thermal optimization also shifts the technology from weatherization, which only improves easily-accessed portions of the thermal shell, to optimization, which creates a high performance ...more »

Submitted by (@rickb1)

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Dimmable Tubular LED for retrofit and energy saving

Tubular LED (TLED) lamps for retrofit of fluorescent are a fairly well-established, cost effective means of energy and maintenance savings. However, they had been characterized as "missed opportunities" for future compatibility with sensors and controls, because they inherit the electrical infrastructure and simple paradigms of switch based control. Recognizing this did not have to be the case, Energy Focus developed ...more »

Submitted by (@jeremynd01)

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Advanced natural lighting of building interiors

Daylight redirection using specially designed window films and coverings has a potential to save up to 60% of lighting energy in commercial and residential buildings, particularly when bundled with automated lighting controls. DOE Building Technology Office (BTO) estimates the total market size for light redirection in commercial buildings at 682 TBtu and the primary energy saving potential at 345 TBtu (see Table 7 of ...more »

Submitted by (@daylit)

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SMARTPneumatics: Fault diagnostics for pneumatic terminal units

Pneumatic thermostats are in approximately 70% of buildings in North America. They provide no data, so they cannot be included in an automated fault diagnostics system. This means that faults go undetected, maintenance is more difficult, energy is wasted, and occupants are not as comfortable as they should be. Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat has made it cost effective and easy to retrofit pneumatic ...more »

Submitted by (@david.roberts)

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Improving the Standby Energy Efficiency of HVAC Systems

HVAC systems, like many appliances, are instant-on devices. Programs sponsored by CEC, EPA and DOE are succeeding in reducing the standby energy use of appliances. A similar initiative could reduce standby energy use in commercial HVAC systems. The standby energy of an HVAC system is the energy used when the unit is "off"—where "off" means a low-power state in which the device is not performing its primary function. ...more »

Submitted by (@wattnode)

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On Site Energy, from Water, for Use on Demand

Energy Decentralization or energy market democratization requires a cheap source of energy (water) and an intelligent device (MR-002) to produce on site eGas (hydrogen + oxygen) at room temperature and pressure, for use on demand. Thus, a household has: gas for cooking, gas for heating space, gas for light, gas for electricity (via a gas generator and thermal power for heating space and hot water (bathroom and kitchen). ...more »

Submitted by (@africanhydrogen)

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In situ production of gas for use on demand

Production of gas from water, (in situ on site) for use on demand at room temperature and pressure, means no storage, no transport, no distribution and no danger and the byproduct is... water (no pollution as well).

Submitted by (@africanhydrogen)

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"makeover" older post office buildings

Many Post Office buildings in rural communities get marginal attention to upgrades and need air sealed and insulated. The Post Office rents some buildings, but ultimately pays for utilities whether rented or not, so all building stock should be audited and buildings below standard should receive a face lift. Total building occupancy costs for fiscal year (FY) 2014 totaled $1.8 billion. https://www.uspsoig.gov/document/us-postal-service-building-occupancy-data/ ...more »

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