PROVIDENCE, RI, September 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Axiom Cloud today announced that it has been selected as a sub-recipient of US Department of Energy (US DOE) funding to help grocery stores strategically use energy in a way that reduces their costs, while reducing pressure on the power grid during peak hours. The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funded the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) through its Building Technologies Proving Ground awards, which aim to validate innovative construction technologies for commercial buildings and the public sector.
OER, Axiom Cloud and National Grid will team up to test how an artificial intelligence software platform can provide intelligent forecasting, modeling and control of refrigeration loads in grocery stores.
âAs Rhode Island strives to meet its goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the state must continue to lead the country in developing clean, cost-effective energy solutions that reduce energy consumption, increase grid reliability and reduce our carbon footprint. “declared the State Commissioner for Energy Nicolas ucci. âThe Refrigeration Energy Management Project will allow us to target state grocery stores as a valuable source of flexible energy loads while providing critical energy savings for these businesses. ”
“We are excited and ready to work with our public sector stakeholders to test these innovative technologies to improve energy efficiency for home owners, business owners and state and local governments,” said the Director of Intergovernmental Programs and Weatherization of the EERE (WIP). AnnaMaria Garcia. “Without a doubt, our collaboration with state and local entities is essential to reap the benefits of these advanced construction technologies. Once these technologies have been demonstrated in the real world by these projects, our goal is that others State and local governments embrace them in their communities. Then these innovative solutions can help drive economic growth. “
A grocery store’s refrigeration system is its primary consumer of electricity, and historically these charges have been inflexible. With more than 2000 stores across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a load transfer potential of 40 to 100 MW may be possible if the refrigeration loads were managed.
“The software is transforming the relationship of grocers with their refrigeration systems,” said Amrit Robbins, CEO of Axiom Cloud. “By leveraging hundreds of real-time data streams to create a digital model of each refrigeration system, our Virtual Battery application is able to predict when construction and refrigeration loads will peak and manage refrigeration loads. as a result, without any negative impact on the safety or quality of food. “
Interested grocery stores will be enrolled in National Grid’s ConnectedSolutions program, which will allow them to generate income by reducing their energy use during times of high grid demand. Participating stores will also be alerted to planned equipment failures and other energy efficiency opportunities. This grant will provide these services to selected grocers at no cost.
âReducing energy use during peak days and adding more flexible loads to the grid is just one of the many ways that National Grid is supporting the transition to a cleaner energy landscape,â said John isberg, VP Customer Sales & Solutions at National Grid âNational Grid is excited to support our customers as they become smarter energy consumers.
Each project that uses the Building Technologies Proving Ground awards will improve the energy efficiency of buildings and provide flexibility services to the grid. Many of these technologies can enable dynamic interactions between buildings and the network, providing new sources of value for building owners.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis and continues for customers of National Grid grocery stores and supermarkets in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
About Axiom Cloud
Axiom Cloud’s mission is to use software and automation to transform the way the world’s cooling systems are powered, operated and maintained, to generate significant climate and financial impact. Axiom’s team of refrigeration experts, data scientists, energy experts and software developers solve the biggest energy and maintenance challenges of retail grocery stores by layering intelligence on their existing refrigeration systems . www.axiomcloud.ai.
About the Rhode Island Energy Resources Board
The mission of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) is to lead the state towards a clean, affordable, reliable and equitable energy future. The OER develops policies and programs that meet the state’s changing energy needs, while advancing environmental sustainability, energy security, and dynamic clean energy conservation. OER is committed to working with public and private sector stakeholders to ensure that all residents of Rhode Island have access to cost-effective, resilient and sustainable energy solutions.
About National Grid
National Grid is an electricity, natural gas and clean energy distribution company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in new York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas grids with smarter, cleaner and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, associate us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.
About the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies (EERE)
The mission of the EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration and deployment of technologies and solutions to make America’s just transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions throughout the economy by 2050, and to ensure that the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, creating good paying jobs for the American people, especially workers and communities affected by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overburdened by pollution.
This material is based on work supported by EERE under Building Technology Office Award number DE-EE0009464.
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