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Advanced Grid Interactive Load Efficiency (AGILE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2022-01267
Agency Tracking Number: 2022-01267
Amount: $131,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.6
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-008541
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-28
Small Business Information
401 NE 19th Ave. #200
Portland, OR 97232-4800
United States
DUNS: 117601193
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Tanya Barham
 CEO
 (866) 578-7118
 tanyab@communityenergylabs.com
Business Contact
 Tanya Barham
Title: CEO
Phone: (866) 578-7118
Email: tanyab@communityenergylabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

PROJECT SUMMARY
TITLE // Advanced Grid-Interactive Load Efficiency (AGILE)
PROJECT DIRECTOR // Barham Tanya A
INSTITUTION // Community Energy Labs LLC
Policies nationwide are targeting rapid adoption of grid-integrated building strategies time-varying
electricity prices building electrification and resiliency.But advocates worry that top-down
innovation leaves smaller and more vulnerable communities behind.This project brings affordable
grid connectivity to cornerstones of rural communities: small and mid-sized commercial buildings
(SMSCB) that have been under-represented in grid integration projects to date. Many rural
communities have older building stock and are at the end of a power distribution networks -
meaning energy burden power quality and outage duration tend to be worse for rural customers.
Outages impact commercial building systems such as refrigeration that are key to reducing food
spoilage and contamination in agricultural production.By shaping energy use to better match local
renewable output reduce energy costs and demand charges the innovation proposed in this SBIR
lowers commercial electrical bills for end users and extends the time that critical power backup can
reliably provide power during outages and disturbances.CEL's innovation is (1) to define a model
architecture that can be replicated—without significant customization —in other buildings and (2)
to verify and optimize that model architecture using real-world data and use cases in SMSCB and
rural communities. This project addresses USDA's objective to to improve the quality of life in
rural America by promoting energy efficiency resiliency and adoption of renewable energy
resources.CEL advances deliberate strategies to make technologies for energy and demand charge
reduction more affordable in order to meet the needs of this significant segment of the US building
stock.

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