Sensors and Controls

NREL leverages machine learning, advanced data analytics, and physics-based modeling and simulation to optimize building design and operations.

NREL research expands technical understanding of energy subsystems (e.g., smart appliances, electric vehicles, building controls, integrated renewables, local storage) and their ability to use sensors and controls to enhance grid services. Proven solutions include:

  • Controlling residential loads to deliver high-fidelity grid services and interoperability
  • Identifying power quality issues in highly efficient homes with electric vehicles
  • Enabling the scaling of demand response impacts and risks with multiphysics hardware-in-the-loop.