Enerliance Continues Quest for LOBOS Commercialization

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Technology Summit brings California Utilities and Policymakers together with Innovators

LOBOS Demand Response

the potential to reduce electricity consumption by 46,000 gigawatt hours annually

Enerliance of Anaheim, Calif., continued to spread the word about the energy saving potential of its unique, patent-protected LOBOS automated demand response system at the Emerging Technologies Summit 2012 in Pasadena, Oct. 15 through 17.

Enerliance was a sponsor and exhibitor at the Emerging Technologies Summit 2012, an annual conference put on by California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC) to promote new, cost-effective, energy saving technologies that strengthen the California economy, benefit the environment and support the California Energy Action Plan. The summit provided significant opportunities for energy innovators to connect with decision makers from state and federal utilities, research institutes and government agencies, who play a key role in the future of energy efficiency.

LOBOS (which is an acronym for Load Based Optimization System) is designed to reduce energy consumption by large-scale, commercial, air conditioning systems on a continual basis. The system also will automatically further reduce electricity use during times of peak grid congestion thereby helping to avoid blackouts and reducing the need to construct additional power plants.

If LOBOS was installed in every compatible building in the country -- an estimated 33-billion-square-feet of commercial building space can benefit from the technology -- it would have the potential to reduce electricity consumption by 46,000 gigawatt hours annually, a reduction in operating costs of more than $5 billion dollars. In addition, the LOBOS demand response system has the potential to provide 25 gigawatts of automated demand response power reduction during times of peak grid congestion, which is equivalent to the electricity generated by 25 nuclear power plants.    

Scot Duncan, Enerliance founder and CEO, made contact at the summit with several key players, who are interested in testing, validating and supporting new technologies.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunities presented at the Summit. The response to LOBOS has been very positive, and we came away with two highly regarded organizations eager to study and further validate the capabilities of our technology,” Duncan said.

One of them, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is a federal agency concerned with supporting and accelerating the commercialization of clean, efficient energy technology. Another one, the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), expressed interest in working with Enerliance to validate LOBOS for use in data centers, a rapidly growing facility demographic that are enormous consumers of electricity.

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States. Both EPRI and the NREL were attending the show with a specific interest in identifying promising new technologies.

Kosol Kiatreungwattana, NREL energy engineer, was quite impressed with the summit.
“There was a great group of participants among technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers, utilities, regulators, and investors. They had opportunities to network, discuss, and to exchange viewpoints and information that may lead the way to future collaborations and partnerships. In addition, it provided some valuable information regarding trends in the energy efficiency industry and where we are headed in the future,” Kiatreungwattana said.

About Enerliance: Enerliance is the company behind LOBOS, an intelligent optimization system for large buildings that offers improved comfort, energy-efficiency and fully-automated demand response capability.

Currently, LOBOS systems are delivering more than 8-megawatts of fully automated demand response capability to the grid along with more than $2 million in annual energy savings. The core technologies behind the LOBOS platform are protected under patent number US 7,890,215 B2.

Enerliance works with energy service contractors, mechanical contractors, building automation contractors, controls manufacturers, utilities and other LOBOS-certified partners to integrate LOBOS systems in buildings across the country.

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