2014 Graduate Fellows / Graduate Fellows

Mushfiqur Sarker

Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

Optimizing Smart Buildings Flexibility to Accommodate Photovoltaic Generation

The energy consumption from buildings account for 40% of the total carbon emission in the United States. To reduce emissions and electricity bills, investments are being made in installations of photovoltaic and energy storage systems in buildings. However, these investors need to determine the size of these resources and also if a return on investment can be obtained from the cost savings. We are developing an optimization framework for investors to not only determine if the investment in renewable resources is economically justified, but also which type of photovoltaic and battery technologies to invest in. This framework can be catered towards any building, or even a campus of buildings, thus aligning it with CEI’s vision for a scalable clean energy future.

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