DEM launched the Innovative Demonstrations for Energy Adaptability (“IDEA”) Program in 2014 to help meet the City’s emissions reductions goals by engaging vendors to test new or underutilized energy technologies in City buildings. The IDEA Program helps vendors build the use case for their solutions, while also addressing City building system or operational challenges and informing DEM’s cleantech strategy and investments.
As of 2018, DEM has launched four phases of the IDEA Program, focused on building controls, energy storage, HVAC optimization, and renewable energy technologies, respectively.
DEM is currently accepting ideas from vendors; we will contact you if your technology has been selected for demonstration.
The following technologies were demonstrated in City-owned buildings as part of the IDEA program. Case studies are done for completed technology demonstration projects.
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Phase I: Building Controls
Phase II: Energy Storage & Grid Solutions (Ongoing)
Phase III: HVAC Optimization (Ongoing)
Phase IV: Innovations in Renewable Energy (Ongoing)