Distributed Energy Resource Customer Adoption Model

DER-CAM solves a complex optimization prolem to produce an optimal schedule for operating distributed energy resources at minimal cost or emissions. It takes the guesswork out of system operations, and allows building managers to look after more critical tasks.

DER-CAM is a product of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) effort in building energy technology.

UNM is collaborating with LBNL to test the system on a thermal storage application. During this implementation process the UNM team is helping develop and test building load predictions techniques, investigate and implement an efficient data routing scheme, and also help create a user interface .

Loads on the Grid

The figure above shows the effect of uncoordinated optimization in contrast to coordinated optimization. In the uncoordinated case (shown in red-orange) all the thermal storage systems charge at the same time, resulting in more severe feeder load than the coordinated case (blue-violet), in which storage systems take turns in the charging schedules.

UNM Research Team