HARC, along with project partners University of Houston and Fugro, are creating a user-friendly webtool to promote the deployment of District Energy Systems (DES) and community microgrids, known as community energy systems (CES).
The geographic information system (GIS)-based planning tool will allow end-users to assess the feasibility of multiple CES scenarios in a 3D environment. The ability to create a digital twin of the planning area and to incorporate down-scaled climate data and energy systems model, results in a robust, practical planning tool.
A feasibility analysis for a CES can be a time-consuming process. HARC’s tool provides an unbiased, simple-to-use feasibility assessment. End-users with no engineering knowledge will be able to analyze multiple economic scenarios for a CES and be prepared to work with design and engineering teams to build out their CES.
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The ERCOT Interconnection Dashboard helps track investment in new generation across Texas and to identify trends that will facilitate further investment decisions.
At HARC, we are fortunate to conduct our research and undertake this work out of a living lab that showcases green building design, technology, and operations in action.
Winter Storm Uri moved across North America from February 13–17, 2021, causing blackouts for over 9.7 million people in the U.S. and Mexico, most notably in Texas where power supply and grid failures led to prolonged outages, culminating in an energy and water crisis. This application connects the water, energy, and air impacts of Winter Storm Uri and highlights strategies that could lead to more resilience in the future.