Refrigerated Warehouses

Date Range: 2007 to Present
Funded by: CEC PIER IAW (DRRC)

Refrigerated warehouses can be excellent candidates for open automated demand response, and facilities which have implemented energy efficiency measures and have centralized control systems are well-suited to shift or shed electrical loads in response to financial incentives, utility bill savings, and/or opportunities to enhance reliability of service. Control technologies installed for energy efficiency and load management purposes can often be adapted for open automated demand response (OpenADR) at little additional cost. These improved controls may prepare facilities to be more receptive to OpenADR due to both increased confidence in the opportunities for controlling energy cost/use and access to the real-time data. Current efforts in this area include the development of a Refrigerated Warehouses Demand Response Strategy Guide, foreseen as a roadmap to assist refrigerated warehouse facility managers in determining how to, and whether to, go about implementing energy efficiency, manual demand response, and automated demand response opportunities. This would in turn be a key input to Phase II investigations in this sector to follow up the earlier research published in May 2009.

Contact: Sasank Goli