- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
LESS research looks at using Demand Side Management (DSM) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) together, which provides a means of deferring infrastructure investment while delivering reliable and quality energy to communities and industry.
The combined technologies also allow for additional capacity to be localized and directed where it is most needed, while keeping capital investment and maintenance costs significantly lower.
Demand Side Management (DSM)
DSM research at LESS focuses on developing analytics that allow end-users to take advantage of dynamic pricing and energy efficiency measures in order to reduce their energy loads and costs. Research topics in DSM include:
- Buildings and built-environment
- Integrating physics-based and statistical forecast models and using these models in energy management and control, reliability, and predictive maintenance of energy assets
- Energy-Plus building simulations and integration with optimization analytics
- Bottom-up modeling of buildings and communities and combining those with load forecast models in investments on energy efficiency practices, advanced controls, distributed energy resour
Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
DER technology brings a range of available resources to communities, which helps them defer the expense of new transmission and distribution systems. These include:
- Natural gas-fired generation
- Combined heat and power (CHP)
- Energy storage
Industrial Assessment and Smart Manufacturing
LESS co-manages a Department of Energy-funded Industry Assessment Center (IAC). LESS and IAC are currently gearing up to partner with U.S. industry to analyze technological and financial challenges the country faces as it moves toward smart manufacturing practices and solutions.
LESS research projects are funded by federal and state agencies and industry.
Principal Investigator (PI) unless noted otherwise.
Industry Assessment Centers–Field Management • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy, $500K. 6/2015–12/2015
Analytics to Support Energy Policies and Incentive Programs • Sponsor: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, $150K. 7/2015–6/2016
Energy Efficiency Analytics Framework and Tools for University Campuses • Sponsor: DNV GL Energy, $100K. 12/2014–11/2015
Tools for Building Energy Asset Management (BEAM) • Sponsors: U.S. Department of Defense and Siemens Corporation, Research and Technology Division, (Rutgers PI and overall project co-PI), $750K. 4/2012–4/2014