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Project Title: Use of Solar City Methods to Analyze the Possible Contribution of PV to Low-Carbon Development in the City of Seoul
Project Sponsors: Seoul Metropolitan Government and CEEP Research Funds
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Project Supervisors: John Byrne
Project Description: This project investigates the feasibility of applying a solar city strategy to the City of Seoul by integrating market, finance, and policy factors. According to a recent CEEP study, over 30% of Seoul’s annual, all-hours electricity use and 66% of the city’s daylight electricity use can be supplied with solar energy using 30% of the rooftop area of the city’s buildings. Additionally, a successful roll-out of such a strategy could provide Seoul with a measure of energy self-sufficiency for select daylight hours in the summer months. Thus, the city can have a self-sufficient distributed solar power plant supporting Seoul’s goal of becoming an “Energy Self-Reliant City.” ‘Democratic finance’ can be an effective financing approach that Seoul can utilize in the development of a city-wide energy power plant. ‘Democratic finance’, which leverages funding from citizens through tools like crowd funding, creates a platform upon which both citizens and businesses can financially contribute to realizing Seoul’s potential to become an “Energy Self-Reliant City”. Additionally, a solar ‘lifeline’ option, which provides solar electricity to low-income households on a monthly basis in order to support basic energy needs, is investigated whether it can be incorporated into the rooftop program.
Project Title: Energy & Environmental Policy Analysis (EEPA) Services Project
Project Sponsors: Delaware General Assembly and CEEP Research Funds
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Project Supervisors: John Byrne and Job Taminiau (assist by Mechanical Engineering faculty)
Project Description: Under-investment in energy efficiency is partly explained in the research literature as a reflection of an inadequate, publicly available database from which assess monetary savings. The absence of this database leads to uncertainties about future benefits. The project investigates the potential use of automated monitoring and verification technology to advance pooled energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy generation finance by enhancing investor confidence and customer trust in performance contracting arrangements. By analyzing the capacity of “automated monitoring and verification” – notably, the capability to accurately measure savings in real time across a project portfolio – the project develops a new M&V platform for energy efficiency projects using appropriate sensors, loggers, and communication systems. Also called “intelligent efficiency”, this emerging technology could reduce costs compared to the “widget-based” approach which typically relies on building engineering expertise and has limited scalability. In particular, a big part of the promise of this automated approach is its power in scale and precision: a portfolio of conservation measures and onsite renewable energy generation, supported by automated M&V, could achieve a very high degree of accuracy in performance measurement. (This project is part of a two-year assessment initiative underway at CEEP. Partners include UD’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and M&V experts from industry.)
Project Title: Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Project
Project Sponsors: Delaware General Assembly and CEEP Research Funds
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Project Supervisors: John Byrne and Job Taminiau
Project Description: The 2016-17 SET project investigates sustainability performance methods that could be used by cities in Delaware which combines societal, economic and environmental considerations. The research team seeks to identify a practical planning strategy. The project focuses on societal and environmental justice dimensions as part of its investigation. This research will enable state government officials, policymakers, and city planners to identify areas of opportunity and to respond effectively by developing realistic community-scale sustainability goals. Across the United States, there is a growing demand for local-level focused sustainability measurement metrics and peer city benchmarking to help cities and counties identify, validate, and define their sustainability planning efforts. Delivering data-rich analyses and expert insights to increase sustainability, build resilience, improve resource efficiency, and help communities become more inclusive requires state and city officials to obtain reliable information on technical sustainability challenges such as public health and services, business opportunities, transportation, energy, water, waste, air quality, economic systems, governance, and recreational facilities. Using a combination of literature review, expert interviews, and the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) developed by a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization, STAR Communities, including its 21 Leading Community Indicators, the project intends to identify best practices and resources for measuring sustainability progress at the city-level and improve sustainability governance. Peer city benchmarking, performance monitoring, and the rigor and differentiation of sustainability rating systems will be considered as part of a process to identify possible practices that move the needle on community-level planning and design, and could produce benefits of establishing a common path to sustainability. (This project represents the first phase of a two-year initiative underway at CEEP. In addition to STAR Communities, CEEP is consulting with experts at Columbia University and Delaware’s city planning community.)
Project Title: Delaware Industrial Assessment Center
Project Sponsors: U.S. Department of Energy and the Delaware SEU
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Project Supervisors: Keith Goossen and John Byrne
Project Description: The University of Delaware was selected by the U.S. DOE to operate a regional Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). The UD Department of Electrical Engineering and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy jointly manage the IAC, which assists small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the region to make energy efficiency improvements, minimize waste, reduce pollution and improve productivity. The unit also provides assessments for the entities identified by the Delaware SEU.
Project Title: Terawatt-scale PV Development
Project Sponsors: National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Project Supervisors: John Byrne and Lado Kurdgelashvili
Project Description: CEEP is part of the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) research center supported by U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy (DOE). The QESST project is collaborative effort with Arizona State University, Cal Tech, MIT, Georgia Tech, and other partners, to achieve a terawatt-scale solar economy. For this task, a CEEP team is examining the feasibility of ‘solar cities’ which rely on, for example, PV systems mounted on building rooftops to provide electricity to the grid. The team has developed a model which integrates technology assessment, policy evaluation, cost analysis, and investment structures to determine financeable, urban-scale PV systems. Another team is considering the technical and economic potential of roof- and ground-mounted PV systems in selected U.S. states, evaluating the impact of technology improvements anticipated by QESST and different policy frameworks to analyze diffusion paths for residential, commercial deployment of PV.
Project Title: Delaware SEU Research Assistance
Project Sponsors: Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Project Supervisors: John Byrne
Project Description: The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility has contracted with CEEP to compute an energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction analysis of the 2011 Delaware SEU Energy Efficiency Bonds Series using first- and second-year performance of the participating projects. The analysis builds upon an earlier study prepared by CEEP researchers to identify the methods needed to assess energy and environmental impacts of $72.5 million of energy-saving technologies installed under a guaranteed savings contract.
Project Title: Delaware Energy and Environmental Policy Research Assistance
Project Sponsors: Delaware Senate
Project Duration: September 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Project Supervisors: John Byrne
Project Description: Research assistance is being provided via a graduate student selected by CEEP to assist the Energy and Transit Committee of the Delaware Senate regarding energy and environmental policies relevant to its mission. During this project year, analyses of the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards and energy conservation policies will be conducted.
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