1. MIT Researchers Create Citywide Building Energy Model for Boston

    MIT Researchers Create Citywide Building Energy Model for Boston

    City governments in the age of climate change often find themselves in a predicament: It’s hard to create a more energy-efficient city without detailed information about how — and when — buildings consume electricity and heating fuel. The City of Boston now has a powerful new tool for planning its energy future, thanks to pioneering work done by researchers at the MIT Sustainable Design Lab (SDL) and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

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    1. Nobody has ever modeled a city the size of Boston at this level of detail.
    2. Community energy solutions such as targeted energy efficiency, district energy, microgrids, local energy generation, and energy storage represent an opportunity to fundamentally change the way our energy system works, but to get there we need a better understanding of the existing system and a way to identify the most promising solutions.
    3. If you have a building consuming a lot of electricity at certain hours, you need buildings around them that can use that waste heat.
    4. You develop tricks and algorithms to work with existing incomplete datasets.
    5. We only had to do that data gathering once.
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