United Technologies (UTC) is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Its commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, building automation and controls. Its aerospace businesses are Sikorsky aircraft and the new UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products. United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) serves as the centralised research hub of UTC. UTRC works directly with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace. UTRC has a proven track record of successfully partnering to develop new concepts and commercialise them through the UTC business units. UTRC-Ireland, established in 2010, operates as the European location of UTRC and is part of UTRC’s mission to expand its collaborative activities while leveraging a global network of innovation. Its mission is to create a strategic technological development presence in European markets. In 2011, Europe accounted for 26% of UTC revenues and a significant share of its manufacturing and design activities.
Motivation: UTC as a leading provider of HVAC and building automation and control solutions sees significant business value and market opportunity for the proposed GENiC integrated data-centre energy management technology. The project will provide the opportunity to expand the existing product portfolio to include optimized control solutions for the next generation of data centre cooling systems, capability to interface with IT workload management systems, and potential for the integration with renewable energy sources and storage systems.
Related Competences: One of UTRC-I’s core research areas is building/HVAC energy management including system and component level modelling, optimization based control and diagnostics. UTRC is actively engaged in research, development and real-world validation of advanced equipment and building control solutions with our Carrier commercial business unit. In addition, UTRC’s ongoing development of proprietary dynamic modelling and control tools, plus application to design UTC cooling system product hardware and software to ensure complex system performance without lengthy prototype development, puts UTRC at the state of the art of integrated cooling systems design and control.
Role in the Project: UTRC-I will lead WP2 and will actively contribute to WP1, WP3-WP7. In WP1, UTRC-I will work on the definition of the requirements and specifications for the system-level energy management architecture. In WP2, UTRC-I will lead the development of control algorithms for optimized cooling load distribution and system-level energy optimization and will contribute to the development of control-oriented data centre thermal models. In WP3, UTRC-I will support the development and interfacing of the dynamic server workload consolidation algorithms with the energy management and control platform. In WP4, UTRC-I will work on the development of equipment and system-level fault detection and diagnostics algorithms. In WP5, UTRC-I will support platform integration and technology validation at the demonstration sites. In WP6, UTRC-I will demonstrate the integrated data centre energy management platform. Finally, in WP7, UTRC-I will participate in the dissemination of GENiC’s research outcomes and strongly contribute to the development of a GENiC’s standardization and exploitation roadmaps.