US Department of Defense to Develop New Energy Management Program

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The United States Department of Defense (DoD) will develop a new and innovative approach to energy management and analytics. The new platform will integrate multi-source data and convert it to actionable information for energy efficiency, resiliency, and security enhancement as part of the Facility Energy Saving and Security Technology (FEST) project.

“The FEST project integrates a number of techniques ranging from machine learning, optimization, modeling and simulation, to techno-economic analysis so that military facilities are able to save on their energy usage and at the same time be more resilient against unknowns,” said Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Associate Program Leader of the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

As part of this contract, the Project Team will develop resiliency, security, and efficiency metrics along with technology that transcends existing utility data and asset management systems to enable enduring infrastructure, energy efficiency, and optimized full-spectrum planning and operations.

The project includes development of solutions that integrate a large volume of multi-source data, including smart meter data for energy system recovery from man-made and natural extreme events, and help planners and operators make decisions before, during, and after the events. The tools developed through this project will help enable optimal planning and operation of military facilities by leveraging operational data from distributed energy resources on site in addition to flexible load in buildings. Moreover, new knowledge visualization technologies treating energy as a mission critical commodity will be developed to help facility energy managers prioritize capital investments (i.e. planning) and optimally manage installations to save energy demands and costs (i.e., operation).

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