Ongoing Projects

Project Title: Smart Fuel Switching Controller (SFSC)

Description

1. Running pre and post energy audit tests at each participant home.
2. Replacing the existing furnaces with brand new high-energy efficient furnaces from different HVAC equipment manufacturers.
3. Replacing the existing ACs with brand new high energy efficient conventional and cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHPs) from different HVAC equipment manufacturers
4. Replacing the existing thermostats with smart internet-connected thermostats from different brands.
5. Installing energy metering sensors include a gas flow sub-meter, two watt–meters, indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity sensor and a data logger system at each participant home.
6. Launching a cloud computing server for running Smart Fuel Switching Controller (SFSC) for each participant home.
7. Connecting the smart thermostats to the cloud computing server to switch between the fuel sources and equipment at an optimum outdoor temperature on the hourly bases.
8. BKR Energy portal for project administration, validation, and reporting.

Scope

The scope of this demonstration projects is to validate the BKR Energy cloud platform in four Union Gas employees’ homes. These homes are intentionally chosen in different locations in Ontario. Having participating homes scattered across Ontario, will clearly highlight the effectiveness of BKR cloud-based technology by running this technology in different geographical and weather conditions. In order to make more diversity, participating homes are selected based on various sizes and thermal characteristics. The following tables shows the locations and thermal characteristics of the participating homes:

Wireless monitoring sensors

List of participating homes

Project Title: Aquanta Water Heater Controller Monitoring and Validation Project

Description

The objective of this M&V test to validate the effectiveness of Aquanta water heater controller in terms of energy demand/cost savings at the sample residential homes in Ontario. The results of this M&V test would leverage Union Gas to support its energy conservation strategy planning by overhauling the energy use in the residential Domestic Hot Water (DHW) systems. By better understanding how people use energy, Ontarians can make informed choices on how to change their behavior to help lower energy consumption and GHG pollution generation– as well as how to save money through reduced energy use.

Scope

The scope of this M&V project is to implement the required test platform in two Union Gas employees’ homes. These homes are chosen in different locations in Ontario. Having participating homes in different locations, will clearly highlight the effectiveness of Aquanta water heater controller technology by running this technology under different occupant behaviors and usage patterns. In order to make more diversity, participating homes are selected based on various sizes and thermal characteristics. The following tables shows the locations and characteristics of the participating homes:

Test platform at Vaughan home

List of participating homes

Project Title: Technical Research Proposal for Chatham mCHP M&V Project

Description

The objective of this M&V project is to calculate the following items comparing base case and mCHP upgraded (hybrid) systems:
1- Validate the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the hybrid system
2- Validate and quantify capital investment and energy cost saving
3- Validate and quantify GHG emission reductions

Scope

The scope of work is limited to the following participating home Whose data and information will be gathered in our system for the post-processing.

List of participating home

Upcoming Projects

Project Title: Union Gas/Enbridge Hydronic Hybrid Demonstration Project

Scope and Objectives

iFlow develops one of the most sophisticated zoning control systems. Their smart control board is empowered to run required zoning calculations along with selecting the most economic hot air supplier on an hourly basis. The goal of the project is to M&V the BKR SFSC and iFlow integrated technology as a complement system.

Project Title: Monitoring the Performance of a Hybrid (Gas Furnace + Electric Air Source Heat Pump) System with Smart Controls

Scope and Objectives

This project seeks to assess the performance of a hybrid system (gas furnace + electric air source heat pump) operating with smart controls. The project will leverage two existing demonstration homes in Orleans, Ontario as test sites for the system. The project will also leverage the smart controls developed previously by BKR Energy to operate the hybrid systems to be installed in the demonstration homes.