Demonstrating New Technologies

August 1, 2002

This is the fifth in a series of articles from FEMP's New Technology Demonstration Program.

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, we begin the process of planning for next year. As part of that planning process, the New Technology Demonstration Program is interested in partnering with other organizations working toward a common goal.

Every year, Federal agencies (and sites) get involved in new energy-related projects. In many cases, the project may involve installing a new technology or process. For an individual Federal site, the primary goal may be to complete the project, i.e., from design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and to saving energy dollars. If it's a pilot project, it may also include evaluating the technology to determine where else it can be successfully deployed around the site. At a regional or agency level, the focus may also include evaluating the technology to determine where else in the region or agency it should be deployed. We have seen several organizations use demonstrations as a tool to learn more about a new technology. We also recognize that demonstrations are expensive and may require extensive technical expertise. This is where partnerships become valuable.

The New Technology Demonstration Program would like to partner with organizations which are planning demonstrations or pilot projects of new or emerging energy-efficiency, water-conserving, solar, or other renewable-energy technologies during the next fiscal year.

Under the New Technology Demonstration Program, FEMP is not able to provide direct funding assistance to agencies for the purchase or installation of the new technologies. We are, however, able to provide data acquisition systems, meters, sensors, and other equipment necessary for detailed performance measurement and verification. In addition, we provide the resources and capabilities of the DOE National Laboratories to conduct data evaluation and assessment. With our combined resources, we may be able to collect better, more thorough, information and communicate the results to more Federal agencies so that others may learn from your efforts.

While it is a requirement that the demonstration be at a Federal site, the New Technology Demonstration Program is interested in partnering with other, non-Federal organizations. This invitation to partner for the purpose of demonstrating a new or emerging technology is open to utilities, energy-service companies, trade associations, and others. However, a Federal site must be willing to take the lead in hosting the technology demonstration.

If you are interested in partnering with the FEMP's New Technology Demonstration Program, please contact Ted Collins of FEMP at theodore.collins@ee.doe.gov or Steven Parker of PNNL at steven.parker@pnl.gov.