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Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business. 2013 The Potential for DCx Technology Enabled HVAC Operation Scot Duncan, P.E.

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1 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business The Potential for DCx Technology Enabled HVAC Operation Scot Duncan, P.E.

2 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business What is DCx? DCx = Dynamic Commissioning Controls technology will change conventional HVAC operating principles Today’s hyper-fast processing speeds, IP based communications, and open protocols allow us to go beyond RCx, component based optimization and static reset routines Discrete load management and micro-trend response can create a dynamic balance of chillers, condensers, pumps, fans and coils that is synonymous with efficiency and comfort. Applications in large scale commercial comfort systems (Chiller Plants or Large Scale Dx)

3 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business The Irvine Company Projects Combination of Niagara Ax based platform and early DCx logic successfully applied to diverse base of existing Building Automation Systems. Common platform leverages single integration effort to provide DCx based Energy Efficiency and Automated Demand Response 7 million square feet, thirty buildings Type-A multi-tenant commercial office space. The Results $1.2 million in annual energy savings. ($0.17 per SF) 4.9 Megawatts of fully automated Demand Response (.7 watts per SF). Two Hour Auto-DR test on 85 degree August Day. Only eight comfort calls from 7 million square feet.

4 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business The Results “If we reduce usage anymore…we can turn everything off and go home! Overall usage down an amazing 55.89% from last year. HVAC usage down 86.59% from last year” David Manley | Operations Manager Inland Center Mall 500 Inland Center San Bernardino, CA, The Project Early DCx logic and control strategies balance the air handlers, chilled water loop, condensers, pumps and fans based on discrete load monitoring and micro-trend response. A very stable reset platform is achieved resulting in total chiller plant energy efficiency averaging less than 0.50 kW/ton, even on 100°F days. Total plant includes all chillers, chilled water pumps, condenser water pumps and cooling towers. Inland Center Mall, Southern CA

5 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business Project Existing 3600 ton natural gas fired absorption plant. Installed 2400 ton Trane all-VFD all-electric plant. Added 1.4 mW of electrical load and saved 2,800,000 kWh. Early DCx Control Sequences & Reset Strategies. Look at the AHU loads, Raise the CHW temperature as high as possible, Lower the CHW differential pressure as low as possible so that the worst case AHU load is met. The Results Despite conversion from natural gas to electric plant, overall electricity consumption is reduced. In the example at right total plant operation at part load is just 0.24 kW per ton with 1200 ton Trane chiller serving 377 ton load. San Diego Convention Center

6 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business The Project Early DCx strategies applied to a new variable speed chiller and a new “variable everything” chilled water pumping system working together with the existing BAS system. Overall annual efficiency running at 0.52 kWh per ton. At ~200 ton load the plant runs at around 0.36 kW/ton. The plant operation has been reduced by over 1,500 hours per year, due to “Thermal Flywheel” logic that shuts down chillers and uses the cold water that is in the pipes to meet small loads. US Navy Building 56, Point Loma CA The Results 1.25 million annual kWh reduction measured at the sub-meter. Greater than 58% Energy Efficiency savings Increased Occupancy Comfort

7 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business October. During commissioning, energy savings with “Limited Reset” DCx logic were running at 45% compared to baseline. 2.November. The DCx logic was intentionally overridden. The new variable speed equipment and traditional control strategies produced a 12% savings compared to baseline. 3.December-April. The “Limited Reset” DCx logic was restarted, savings returned to the 45% -50% range through April. 4.Ongoing. When full DCx logic resets were released in June, savings climbed to 73%-75% per month. This Chart Illustrates the Potential of DCx Control Logic Legacy Strategies: Energy savings related to new VFD and chiller equipment with traditional control strategies are 12% of baseline. New Paradigm: The same VFD equipment with DCx control strategies produced a 70% savings during the first full year of operation US Navy Building 56, Point Loma CA % Savings Compared to Baseline

8 Smart Devices. Smart Buildings. Smart Business Key Concepts Address the Whole System (The air and water side must balance loads together ) Apply New Levels of Technology (Deploy intelligence to manage micro-trends) Challenge the Norm (Past norms were limited by technology. We can do better.) Leverage the Cost of a Single Integration Effort 1.DCx Based Energy Efficiency (Simple paybacks of 2-5 years justify integration) 2.Automated Demand Response (Incentives and monetization can amplify ROI) 3.Fault Detection and Diagnostics (In demand but difficult to quantify ROI) Wrap Up


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