Smart Shutoff Technology for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Institute of Gas Technology dba GTI Energy

Recipient

Des Plaines, IL

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$992,881

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Project Update

Prior to the deployment at a residential and commercial building, the team performed simulated demonstrations of the comprehensive gas smart shutoff safety system (CGSSSS) technology for subject matter experts at SoCal Gas, PG&E and TECO at their corporate training centers. After these initial demonstrations, two CGSSSSs using a wireless communication network were assembled, demonstrated, deployed, and observed at a residential building and a commercial building. The demonstrations successfully illustrated that a gas leak or fire in a building can be detected by smart sensors, alerts can wirelessly be communicated to first responders to improve safety and the gas can be shutoff to the building either by a programmed alert setting or remotely by the gas utility.

The Issue

Currently, gas infrastructure lacks enhanced safety features to detect and respond to hazardous incidents such as gas leaks, fires, natural disasters, system failures, operational errors, or external impacts. Commercial stand-alone safety devices such as excess flow valves or residential gas monitors are available, but these devices do not possess "Internet of Things" connectivity to automate the safety response among emergency personnel, gas customers, and gas utility companies. Further research is needed to develop an integrated system with smart hazardous detecting sensors, automated shutoff valves, and two-way device-utility communication.

Project Innovation

This project will lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs in smart shutoff technology regarding smart sensors, shutoff valves, and software integration to improve safety and prevent gas leaks in commercial/residential buildings. Overcoming these barriers will help the State of California achieve its statutory energy goals by preventing gas leaks and lowering the emission footprint of gas.

Project Goals

Determine gas customer (i.e., the ratepayer) preferences with smart shutoff safety systems
Identify emerging gas concentration and temperature safety sensors and network communication strategies
Integrate and test promising safety sensors and communication protocols to validate system performance
Perform a pilot demonstration of a gas smart shutoff system for a residential and commercial customer

Project Benefits

This Agreement will result in the ratepayer benefits of reduced risk associated with the operation of gas pipelines, increased energy delivery reliability, and lowered barriers of smart technology adoption. Deploying smart shutoff technology to residential and commercial buildings can provide layers of protection to California ratepayers. With smart sensor deployment and automation, ratepayers will have the necessary interventions in place to avoid potentially hazardous events posed by gas leaks, fires, earthquakes, and floods. Detection and intervention capabilities provided by smart safety technology will protect ratepayer life and property. This will also limit pipeline downtime and recovery costs by protecting against damaging incidents and provide ratepayers access to safe and reliable energy. By establishing the foundation for smart shutoff requirements, technology developers will have the framework for continued innovation in this emerging market to improve customer satisfaction and lower costs.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

To curtail nuisance gas leaks at residential and commercial customers, gas concentration sensors can be strategically deployed to effectively detect and mitigate methane leaks. The deployed gas concentration sensors will alert operators due to prolonged and continued detection of gas. The IoT data management software would alert the gas operator of the situation and recommend a field crew investigate the area.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

The proposed technology will limit pipeline downtime and recovery costs by protecting against damaging incidents and provide ratepayers access to more reliable energy supply.

Increase Safety

Safety

Deploying smart shutoff technology to residential and commercial buildings can provide layers of protection to California ratepayers. With smart sensor deployment and automation, ratepayers will have the necessary interventions in place to avoid potentially hazardous events posed by gas leaks, fires, earthquakes, and floods. Detection and intervention capabilities provided by smart safety technology will protect ratepayer life and property.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Dennis Jarnecke

Institute of Gas Technology dba GTI Energy

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Energy Experts International

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Travis Research Associates

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