The Demand Response Research Center has developed a number of tools and guides for use in evaluating and implementing automated demand response in the market place. In addition, DRRC has developed the D2G Laboratory where interoperability of OpenADR-enabled devices and systems can be developed, tested and demonstrated.
The Demand to Grid Laboratory is a working environment to demonstrate and test OpenADR compliant devices. It comprises several large home appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator, and electric heat pump water heater) as well as OpenADR enabled lighting, electric vehicle charger and other devices. The space is specially wired to incorporate a non-utility reporting Itron smart meter to allow testing of device interactions with the Zigbee Smart Energy Protocol 1.x radio incorporated within the smart meter.
The Agricultural Irrigation Demand Response Estimation Tool developed by the DRRC accurately estimates agricultural loads based on weather and availability of surface water. From this, it is possible to determine how much of that load can be shed or shifted as a demand response resource.
The AutoDR Database (ADRD), developed by DRRC, provides two functions: access to an online database, searchable by building characteristics, of demand response patterns typical for a given location or building type, and analysis tools for new data (load and temperature paired data files). Newly analyzed data is stored in the database for future reference. Analysis options include characterization of the building load in terms of overall variability by hour and weather sensitivity, as well as analysis of any curtailment efforts made during a called demand response event.
Purdue University's Demand-Limiting Assessment Tool (DLAT) evaluates the peak demand reduction, utility cost savings, and comfort impacts associated with the use of building thermal mass for precooling and demand limiting for a limited number of prototypical small commercial buildings. The program performs hourly calculations with fairly detailed models of the buildings and equipment.
The Demand Response Quick Assessment Tool (DRQAT) will predict the energy and demand saving, the economic saving, and the thermal comfort impact for various demand responsive strategies.
Participation in demand response programs begins with knowing what to do. The Demand Response Strategy Guide provides an introduction to commercial building HVAC and lighting control strategies and techniques for demand response. The document compiles information from field demonstrations of DR programs in commercial buildings and provides a framework that can be used to categorize potential control strategies.