Optimal Co-Design of Integrated Thermal-Electrical Networks and Control Systems for Grid-interactive Efficient District (GED) Energy Systems

Oct. 14, 2020

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) The coordination of thermal-electrical-control networks is essential for the optimal design of grid-interactive efficient district (GED) energy systems, particularly when renewable energy sources are integrated. Led by Dr. Zuo, this $4.16M joint research is to create a holistic open-source modeling and optimization platform...

Garden alley

Modernizing Cities via Smart Garden Alleys with Application in Makassar City

July 17, 2020

Sponsored by National Science Foundation This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is in collaboration with the US Department of State . This project will work to integrate innovations in smart and connected communities to improve garden alleys within the City of Makassar, Indonesia via a synergistic...


Support for District Energy Simulation with Modelica

June 12, 2019

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) CU East District Energy Plant District heating and cooling (DHC) systems commonly involve a central plant that distributes steam, hot water, or chilled water to buildings by means of insulated pipes. This is a promising and long-established solution for community sustainability, yet it...


Virtual Electric Power Board (EPB)

June 11, 2019

The goal of this collaborative research, with ORNL (who is the overall project lead) and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, is to create calibrated virtual models of buildings within a utility’s service area to enable advanced grid modeling research (AGMR) integration with utility business systems. This will be...

Building to grid integration

Comprehensive Pliant Permissive Priority Optimization

Jan. 13, 2019

This project is funded by Department of Energy and is a joint project with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The project goal is to develop a framework to prioritize behind-the-meter end-use resources, and a prototype tool that offers assessment of end-use load-utilization patterns and provides real-time...


An Innovative Computational Platform for Robust and Optimal Operation of Renewable Energy Cities

Nov. 24, 2018

As international sustainability goals and U.S. sustainability initiatives increase, sustainable energy applications are evolving from the conventional single building to the entire city. A 100% renewable energy city (REC) will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in this progression. The energy system of a REC will integrate many subsystems including renewable...

Miami beach - resilience city pilot

CRISP Type 1/Collaborative Research: A Human-Centered Computational Framework for Urban and Community Design of Resilient Coastal Cities

The goal of this research is to create new paradigms for the resilient design of urban communities, and uniquely tailored toward the design of coastal cities, thus contributing to NSF's science and engineering mission. By bringing together an interdisciplinary set of collaborators from engineering, architecture, and social sciences, this research...

Smart and connected communities

BIGDATA: Collaborative Research: IA: Big Data Analytics for Optimized Planning of Smart, Sustainable, and Connected Communities

The goal of this project is to develop a new planning framework for smart, connected and sustainable communities that allows meeting such zero energy, zero outage, and zero congestions goals by optimally deciding on how, when, and where to deploy or upgrade a community's infrastructure. By bringing together interdisciplinary domain...

Zenciti concept figure

Design “ZenCiti” Smart City in the Yucatán

The SBS lab is working with School of Architecture, Center of Computaitional Science to create ZenCiti, a “smart city” expected to revolutionize the IT world with its integration of technology into everyday life. The project will be built next to the Yucatán Science and Technology Park (YSTP). The SBS Lab...