EPIC Funding

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is gathering information for potential future solicitation(s) on Advanced Energy Management and Monitoring of the Dairy Industry

The purpose of this proposed research area is to identify and demonstrate emerging electricity saving technologies that can directly reduce electricity use and GHG and other emissions in the dairy industry. Dairy industry in this instance includes industries in the milk and cheese processing lifecycle including dairy farms (cows), production of milk, cheese, and associated products. The results of the research will be broadly shared to enable further adoption by dairies and other industries. The primary area of interest for this solicitation is sensors and real time data management tools to optimize current dairy processes.

1. The following will help us target our specific research:

  1. Are there emerging advanced sensor and data management technologies that will improve the energy efficiency of California dairy operations and are ready for demonstration? If yes, describe the ones of most interest or highest priority.
    1. Are these technologies equipment or processed based? Or, are gains to efficiency more linked to making current processes operate at optimal efficiencies? The primary metrics targeted are electricity savings compared to baseline, return on investment, electricity per product unit output, and dollar savings including electricity, increased throughput, reduction in maintenance costs, etc.
  2. What are major barriers (technical, economical, and other) for wide-spread adoption of the technologies listed in items 1a above?
  3. What are major technical challenges that could result from implementation of real time data management tools in California’s dairies?
  4. As our goal is to increase use of advanced technologies, what research and demonstration is needed to eliminate barriers and technical challenges and result in adoption of advanced data management tools in California’s dairies?
  5. What is the level of interest by California’s dairies on future research and development on implementing energy management tools on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being high interest?

2. The following will help us target our specific research:

  1. What is the typical breakdown of electric use in dairies? How important is reducing energy costs relative to other costs?
  2. What existing equipment and hardware systems should be addressed by energy management systems?
  3. Please recommend some past or current energy data management projects associated with dairies, including related publications, proceedings, or reports that you believe would assist us in properly targeting a future solicitation.
  4. If you represent a technology developing company, are you aware of specific dairies in California that show interest in testing new and emerging technologies?
  5. If you represent a dairy operating in California, what innovative technologies would you like to test in your facilities?

3. The following will help us establish performance metrics and technology status in California:
For any of the technologies listed in item 1a:

  1. Are there other performance metrics that should be researched, demonstrated and/or verified other than those outlined in 1a?
  2. For a demonstration project that combines advanced data management sensors and tools, what should be the minimum performance goals (e.g., electricity savings and cost savings) in order to be viable for California dairies?
  3. What is the minimum rate of return, simple payback or other economic metric needed by advanced technologies over current practices for them to be considered by California dairies?

Written comments must be submitted to the Docket Unit by 5:00 p.m. December 1, 2020.

The CEC encourages use of its electronic commenting system. Please submit your comments to the Docket Unit at https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Ecomment/Ecomment.aspx?docketnumber=19-ER…. Select or enter a proceeding to be taken to the “Add Comment” page. Enter your contact information and a comment title describing the subject of your comment(s). Comments may be included in the “Comment Text” box or attached in a downloadable, searchable Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf) file. Maximum file size is 10 MB.

Written comments may also be submitted by email. Include the docket number 19-ERDD-01 and “Advanced Energy Management and Monitoring of the Dairy Industry – request for information” in the subject line and send to docket@energy.ca.gov.

Please contact Ilia Krupenich at ilia.krupenich@energy.ca.gov if you have any questions.
 



The California Energy Commission (CEC) is gathering information for future solicitation(s) on two potential research areas:

  1. Demonstration of advanced energy efficiency and load shifting technologies for indoor farms.
  2. Demonstration of advanced primary and advanced secondary treatment for wastewater treatment plants.

To help us in the development of the solicitation, CEC staff would appreciate your responses to the following questions:

Area A: Advanced energy efficiency and load shifting in indoor farms

Indoor farm is defined here as a facility for growing crops under controlled environment twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – lighting, nutrients, water delivery and heating/cooling. Unlike a greenhouse, indoor farm uses artificial lighting as a primary source of light. Indoor farms include vertical farms.

1. The following will help us align our future solicitations with needs of disadvantaged communities:

  1. Can indoor farms help solve some problems, such as food security, in low income or disadvantaged communities? What are the barriers that should be addressed to better address these problems?
  2. What technological advancements in indoor farms are needed to improve the availability of affordable fresh produce in LI/DAC communities and provide additional benefits-like jobs?
  3. How could disadvantaged communities and private companies develop mutually beneficial partnerships? For instance, could it be viable for a private company that develops a technology platform for indoor farming to provide it at a discount to local communities? In exchange, these communities would train workforce for the platform and participate in testing new crops and technologies?

2. The following will help us target our specific research:

  1. What is the typical breakdown of electric and natural gas use in indoor farms? How important is reducing energy costs relative to other costs?
  2. What systems of indoor farms have technical potential for improvements in energy efficiency over the currently available best-in-class equipment? What is preventing growers from deploying these improvements?
  3. Is there an interest and feasibility of shifting the electrical load to be flexible to the electric grid, such as increasing electricity use when renewable energy is plentiful and decreasing when renewable energy is not available?
  4. Is there interest in developing, designing and operating zero carbon indoor farms? If so, are there examples of zero carbon indoor farms?
  5. What technological research and demonstration activities are necessary to make indoor farming a cost-effective option?
  6. What are some crops that could be cost-effectively grown using indoor farms beyond “traditional” leafy greens, cannabis and tomatoes? What are current and future prospects of using controlled environments to grow high-value crops with fine-tuned taste and aroma like coffee, for instance?
  7. Please recommend some past or current indoor farming projects and related publications, proceedings, or reports that you believe would assist us in properly targeting a future solicitation.

3. The following will help us establish performance metrics for energy efficiency research on indoor farming:

  1. The following metrics could be used to describe effectiveness of advanced indoor farm operations when comparing potential technologies for deployment:
    • Annual energy use and water consumption per square foot of indoor farm.
    • Annual energy use and water consumption per pound produced.
    • Net annual cost of production per pound produced.
  2. Are there any additional metrics that should be taken into the consideration? 
  3. What are quality sources of information for energy intensity of existing indoor farms and potential for improvements in the near-term future? 

Area B: Advanced Primary and Advanced Secondary Treatment Processes for Municipal Wastewater Plants

1. The following will help us target our specific research:

  1. Are there emerging advanced primary and advanced secondary treatment technologies ready for demonstration at a California WWTP? If yes, which ones are of the highest priority for California’s WWTPs?
  2. What are major barriers (technical, economical, and other) for wide adoption of the technologies listed in items 1a above?
  3. What are major technical challenges that could result from implementation of advanced primary treatment combined with advanced secondary technologies?
  4. As our goal is to increase widespread deployment of advanced technologies, what research and demonstration is needed to eliminate these barriers and technical challenges and result in adoption of advanced primary and advanced secondary technologies in WWTPs?
  5. What is the level of interest by WWTP on future research and development on advanced primary and advanced secondary treatment technologies? On the combination of the two advanced treatment technologies?

2. The following will help us establish performance metrics and technology status in California:
For any of the technologies listed in item 1a:

  1. What are the maximum solids and organic removal efficiencies to be expected from advanced primary treatment technologies compared to current best practices (i.e. primary clarifiers)?
  2. What is the maximum reductions in secondary aeration energy and chemical usage(if applicable)to be expected from advanced secondary treatment technologies over current best practices (i.e. activated sludge basins)?
  3. For a demonstration project that combines advanced primary and advanced secondary treatment what should be the minimum performance goals?
  4. What is the minimum rate of return, simple payback or other economic metric needed by advanced technologies over current practices in order for them to be considered by WWTPs?
  5. Are there other performance and metrics that should be researched and/or demonstrated?

Written comments must be submitted to the Docket Unit by 5:00 p.m. November 17, 2020.

The CEC encourages use of its electronic commenting system. Please submit your comments to the Docket Unit at https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Ecomment/Ecomment.aspx?docketnumber=19-ERDD-01. Select or enter a proceeding to be taken to the “Add Comment” page. Enter your contact information and a comment title describing the subject of your comment(s). Comments may be included in the “Comment Text” box or attached in a downloadable, searchable Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf) file. Maximum file size is 10 MB.

Written comments may also be submitted by email. Include the docket number 19-ERDD-01 and “Indoor Ag and Advanced Wastewater– request for information” in the subject line and send to docket@energy.ca.gov.

Please contact Ilia Krupenich at ilia.krupenich@energy.ca.gov if you have any questions.

 


Natural Gas Funding

Advanced Combustion Technologies

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is gathering information to inform a solicitation for a future solicitation on oxygen-enriched combustion and would appreciate your responses to the following:

1. The following will help us target our specific research:

  1. What are major barriers (technical, economical, and other) for wide adoption of oxygen-enriched combustion?
  2. What are examples of research that could eliminate barriers to wide adoption of oxygen-enriched combustion?
  3. What are examples of current or past projects involving oxygen-enriched combustion? What are important lessons learned from these projects?
  4. What California industries could benefit most from oxygen-enriched combustion?
  5. What are technical challenges that could result from higher oxygen content and higher combustion temperature (e.g., increased NOx emissions; accelerated degradation of materials in burners, furnaces, kilns)?
  6. Provide examples of existing projects using centralized oxygen generation, distribution via pipeline networks or other approaches that could benefit from R&D.

2. The following will help us establish performance metrics and technology status in California:

Besides cryogenic separation, pressure/temperature swing absorption, ion transport membranes, are there any other promising technologies that should be considered?

  1. For the technologies listed in item 2a:
    • What is the estimated energy requirement to produce oxygen at the following capacities: 1 metric ton of oxygen per day, 25 metric tons per day, 100 metric tons per day
    • What is the estimated capital and operational costs for 1 metric ton per day of oxygen production capacity?
  2. Identify California research teams working on oxygen-enriched combustion.
  3. Identify California companies who develop and sell equipment for oxygen production and oxygen-enriched combustion.

Written comments must be submitted to the Docket Unit by 5:00 p.m. September 24, 2020.

Written comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g., address, phone number, email address) become part of the viewable public record. This information may also become available via any internet search engine.

The CEC encourages use of its electronic commenting system. Please submit your comments to the Docket Unit at https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Ecomment/Ecomment.aspx?docketnumber=19-ERDD-01. Select or enter a proceeding to be taken to the “Add Comment” page. Enter your contact information and a comment title describing the subject of your comment(s). Comments may be included in the “Comment Text” box or attached in a downloadable, searchable Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf) file. Maximum file size is 10 MB.

Written comments may also be submitted by email. Include docket number 19-ERDD-01 and “Advanced Combustion – Request for Information” in the subject line and send to docket@energy.ca.gov.

Additional Information:
Natural Gas Research and Development Program Proposed Program Plan and Funding Request for Fiscal Year 2019-20
Publication # CEC-500-2019-035

 


Innovative Waste Heat Recovery Technologies

Program Area: Industrial, Agriculture and Water

Description:  The California Energy Commission seeks information on innovative waste heat recovery technologies to inform future research initiatives and solicitations aimed at reducing natural gas use and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector. We are interested in answers to the following:

  1. What California industries have large volumes of ultra-low (<250º F) or ultra-high temperature (>1,600º F) waste heat?
  2. What research is needed on advanced technologies or materials (including coatings) for recovering waste heat cost effectively in ultra-low heat or ultra-high temperatures?
  3. Should research focus primarily on the ultra-low or ultra-high temperature waste heat or, if not,  what other temperature ranges?
  4. What advanced heat recovery technology improvements are needed to increase wide spread deployment by industry?
  5. What are the cost and technical targets that must to be met to drive customer adoption (such as minimum rate of return or minimum percent heat recovery)?
  6. What complementary technologies and approaches can be combined to increase the value proposition of waste heat recovery systems?

Please submit responses to the Energy Commission docket 19-ERDD-1. Responses must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2019.

The Energy Commission encourages use of its electronic commenting system. Enter your comments for docket 19-ERDD-1 at: https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Ecomment/Ecomment.aspx?docketnumber=19-ERDD-1

Please note that your written comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g. your address, phone number, email address) become part of the viewable public record. This information may become available via Google, Yahoo, and other search engines.

Respondents should not include any proprietary, sensitive, or confidential information.

Please include “Heat Recovery” in the subject box. 

Written comments may also be submitted by emailing them (include docket number 19-ERDD-01 and Research Idea Exchange with “Heat Recovery” in the subject line) to the Docket Unit at docket@energy.ca.gov.