The Emerging Technologies Showcase series features timely, in-depth information about promising energy efficiency technologies and practices that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is considering for future research or evaluation. Knowledge-sharing tools and recently implemented technologies are occasionally highlighted. Produced monthly in a webinar format with live presentations by energy experts, each concludes with a question and answer session..
This page displays recently produced webinars as well as upcoming Showcase webinars for which you can register. You can find the entire Showcase series on the Webinar Archive page. They are also available on the Conduit website.
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Be Optimistic! Modeling Multifamily Buildings with BEopt (#51)
November 16, 2016
BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization Tool) is free software for evaluating and optimizing the energy performance of new and existing residential buildings. Originally designed for analysis of single-family homes, Bonneville Power Administration, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy recently provided funding to enhance BEopt with modeling capabilities for low-rise multifamily buildings. The BEopt development team from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present an overview of BEopt and a demonstration of the new multifamily analysis capabilities.
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Update on CO2 Heat Pump Water Heater (#50)
September 27, 2016
The first UL Listed CO2 refrigerant heat pump water heater in the U.S. is featured in this webinar. Ken Eklund, WSU Energy Program, reports on four years of research into CO2 refrigerant technology in a number of different applications in Pacific Northwest climates, field testing of the technology as a water heater, and lessons learned. In addition, he provides a glimpse of what the future may provide for this technology.
Lighting and Building Controls in Multifamily Buildings (#49)
September 22, 2016
This is the last of three webinars featuring multifamily buildings. Focusing on controls technologies, presentations feature bi-level stairwell and parking garage controls, hot water recirculation controls, variable speed drive pool pumps, and building automation. Speakers are Cheryn Metzger, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sce Pike, Iotas, and Cori Jackson, California Lighting Technology Center.
HVAC in Multifamily Buildings (#48)
September 14, 2016
This is the second of three webinars featuring multifamily buildings. Focusing on HVAC technologies for multifamily, presentations will be on short duct minisplits, ductless minisplits, inverter-driven packaged terminal heat pumps, and heat and energy recovery ventilators. Speakers are Jon Heller, President of Ecotope, and Dan Auer, Multifamily Weatherization Program Manager at King County Housing Authority.
Multifamily Buildings: Passive House, Zero Net Energy Ready, and Airtightness (#47)
August 18, 2016
Passive building standards, practices, and designs have been creating extremely energy efficient, healthy, and resilient buildings for many years. The multifamily housing market has recently taken up the call, with many projects now in the works. Many of these multifamily passive buildings are also part of the affordable housing market. At this webinar, you will learn about the concepts and technologies used in multifamily passive building construction, and explore the largest building built to Passive Building Standards in the U.S., located in Oregon. Presentations are given by Katrin Klingenberg, Executive Director of Passive House Institute US, and Mike Steffen, Vice President of Walsh Construction in Oregon.
Proving NEST Savings (#46)
June 30, 2016
Self-learning, self-programming NEST Learning ThermostatsTM were installed in eligible single-family homes with air-source heat pumps in Franklin County, WA. The goal of the pilot project by Franklin Public Utility District (FPUD), with support from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), is to explore how Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostats could improve energy efficiency beyond just homeowner programming. FPUD and BPA collected data from the installed thermostats for analysis to determine heat pump energy savings. This presentation presents an overview of the pilot program, including billing analysis methods, savings results, lessons learned, and next steps.
Emerging Technologies in the 7th Power Plan (#45)
May 12, 2016
The Seventh Northwest Power Plan was approved in February 2016. It includes conservation targets that would provide electricity resources to meet nearly all of the regional load growth over the next 20 years. Nearly half of the conservation measures were not included in the previous plan, and therefore emerging energy efficiency technologies will play a significant role in meeting current and future energy needs. The presentation will summarize the plan and highlight the emerging EE technologies.
Grocery Refrigeration: Finding Savings (#44)
April 19, 2016
A new metering device for commercial refrigeration and chiller systems allows increased performance monitoring such that areas of improvement may be identified, leading to development of new energy-optimizing measures. The Showcase presentation will explore the technology, called ClimaCheck, and discuss data from four regional case studies.
Demand Response Needs You! BPA’s learnings using distributed energy resources (#43)
March 9, 2016
The BPA Distributed Energy Resources team will share a view of the tremendous strides forward that BPA, utilities and partners are making in advancing Demand Response (DR) as a cost effective strategy for the region. The presentation will focus on what is happening nationally with Distributed Energy Resources (DER) with more than 60GW under management, what is driving the Pacific Northwest to look at DER, what BPA and utilities have learned through a series of pilots and advanced demonstrations with more than 20 northwest utilities, and what we can expect to see next for DR and DER for BPA and its customers.
Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Real-Time Control (#42)
February 18, 2016
Automated dynamic optimization of services to real-time demand has led to an explosion of energy efficiency technological advances in every energy sector and end use. Understanding the elements of utility program design needed to successfully leverage these new technologies as well as basic underlying factors of this “intelligent efficiency” approach are discussed in this presentation by Christopher Burmester, Vice President of Energy Solutions. Case studies of smart thermostats, packaged roof-top units, and other applications are explored.
Multifamily New Construction Technology Roundup (#41)
December 17, 2015
Innovative projects promoting energy efficiency in new multifamily buildings in Seattle are featured in this E3T Showcase presentation. Attend the webinar to learn about individual unit metering with real-time resident feedback; a monitoring and evaluation study of a passive solar-assisted heat pump hot water heating system; and a sneak peek at the soon to be released Energy Efficient Design Guidelines for Reverse Cycle Chillers, which is a heat-pump domestic hot water system for large multifamily buildings.
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A Coming of Age: Low-E Storm Window Retrofits (#40)
December 2, 2015
Although storm windows have been available for decades, recent years have brought about significant advances that have transformed this technology into the most cost effective means of improving the energy performance of existing windows. Low-E coatings have notably increased the thermal resistance of storm windows while various esthetic features have helped them hurdle over many of the previous barriers to adoption. Join E3T for a Showcase webinar describing these advances and several key field studies that have verified the effectiveness of their energy savings, as well as the process of developing them into a measure for residential and weatherization programs.
Easily Commissioned Lighting Controls (#39)
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Interior lighting controls with “plug and play” or “automatic configuration” setup options are becoming more prevalent in today’s rapidly evolving controls marketplace. Lighting controls can significantly reduce energy use, but there is a lack of independent third-party information available on their function or their interactions with different luminaire systems. This webinar describes results from a pilot study which evaluated energy usage and light levels under the default commissioning protocols for three lighting controls systems paired with two LED luminaire arrays, as well as an LED luminaire system with integrated lighting controls.
Mogul Base LED Lamps for Retrofits (#37)
September 30, 2015
Retrofitting high intensity discharge lamps with LED is an opportunity for great energy savings. This webinar describes performance and safety tests of a selection of mogul base LED replacement lamps for energy efficiency retrofits. Presentations by lighting experts from the Lighting Research Center and BPA.
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West Coast Irrigation Efficiency (#38)
September 28, 2015
Agricultural growers are more concerned than ever about increasing both water and energy efficiency in addition to improving crop yield and quality. This webinar, jointly sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration, features presentations on precision irrigation emerging technologies by experts on both drip and pivot irrigation systems. Growers, utilities, irrigation consultants, researchers and policy makers are all encouraged to attend.
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Manufactured Homes – New Efficiency for the Lowest Cost Housing Option (#36)
September 10, 2015
This presentation reviews the state of the manufactured housing industry in the Pacific NW, federal standards, energy-efficient technologies being evaluated, and the voluntary efficiency standard that provides the most cost effective path for manufactured home buyers.
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