Ventos scheduler – demonstration

Hi everyone! I’m sure we are all working hard to explain our projects the next week.  We wanted to show you what would be our demonstration .  This is a testagent that modifies the operation of the VAV controller according to a generic occupancy sensor connected to a raspberry pi, which depends on a scheduler…

Update from Smart (No)BAS BRT with VOLTTRON team

Our idea is to Building Re-Tune (BRT) buildings and their HVAC systems with VOLTTRON. The target building types are buildings with no building automation system (BAS) or buildings with not fully equipped BAS. We are a team with good ex-engineers, ex-consultants and smart interns, but we are absolute new to VOLTTRON. So, before I report…

Update from the Enerphant team

We have been busy developing our “Enerphant” mobile application that will be the user interface of the Volttron platform running on small board computers (i.e., Raspberry Pi and Odroid XU4). We have been also experimenting of running Volttron on AWS to provide additional solution for homeowner who would like to try our cloud solution without…

Neighborhood Coordinator Status Update

Here is a quick update about our status: We are almost finished developing a Python class that can be used to interface with ecobee’s thermostat API.  The class allows us to get the current status, program, and temperature in the space.  It also allows us to set set points and change modes.  The next step…

Occupancy sensor driver

Update from the Ventilation Scheduler Team. We are glad to inform that the occupancy-sensor milestone has been completed. This work will help the general public to test volttron.  One of the constraints of building automation is the cost of the devices, but we have built the driver using a generic occupancy sensor that costs around…

Volttron on Campus

This past month our team has been working towards collecting HVAC data from a university campus using Volttron. At the same time, we have been coming up with ways to automatically map the data to existing applications in the Volttron platform. In coordination with the Energy Management and IT teams at Simon Fraser University, we deployed Volttron on…

Connected Building Kit – Radiothermostat set up

We received the Kit this week, so we wanted to share some set up steps: To connect the thermostat online: Take out the batteries of the radiothermostat Connect a 24vac power supply to the C & RH terminals of the radiothermostat On your device/ raspberry – connect to the router NETGEAR 97 Find your network address on the terminal…

Devices tested with VOLTTRON

Johnson Controls: NAE (Network Automation Engine), NIE (Network Integration Engine), VAV controllers, AHU controllers (both MSTP-Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol- with IP gateway and TCP IP) Allerton: VAV Controllers (MSTP via Contemporary controls MSTP to IP gateway), VAV controllers on TCP IP, AHU Controllers, Supervisory (BAS) Siemens Apogee: Limited but no apparent problems when on BACnet…

Single-board computers options

BEMOSS has been installed and tested on the following SBCs (using Ubuntu OS): Odroid XU4, Wandboard Quad and Cubieboard A80 You could find these SBC options useful to run your demostrations.  

Learning Resources

  1. VOLTTRON Office hours: office hours occur every other week (Fridays at 11 a.m. PT) Join our office hours, email volttron@pnnl.gov. 2. VOLTTRON API documentation: http://volttron.readthedocs.io/en/develop/apidocs.html 3. VOLTTRON Videos: http://bgintegration.pnnl.gov/volttronofficehours.asp 4. PNNL Python office hours occur every other week (Fridays)      

Selected Teams Announced

We are thrilled to announce that we have selected five teams to participate in our first Connected Buildings Challenge. Below you will find a quick introduction of the teams and their proposed idea. Teams will be blogging throughout the challenge, sharing their experiences in developing connectivity tech. 1. VENTOS – Scheduler Team Members: Lourdes Gutierrez,…