The Energy Freedom Project
Combined Heat and Power Flows and Storage
Building Management System
By Art Hunter, PhD, CACOR Board of Directors
The main ecological challenge facing humanity is climate change. In 2017 Breakthrough Energy Ventures (5 billionaires) stated energy technologies they believe were both underfunded yet extremely promising in emissions reduction: grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, micro grids, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. The Energy Freedom Project is part of this solution set as it addresses carbon free local transportation and living in a zero carbon dioxide emissions energy efficient residential building using a microgrid, geothermal energy and storage. The project objective is to test and demonstrate some of the ever evolving new levels of energy management and control in the real-world setting of an occupied suburban home. In particular this requires the designing of distributive energy access, storage and flows with operational authority given to the occupying owner-operator leading the transition to a new energy economy. Further, the project uses cost efficient and clean regenerative energy (solar and geothermal capture) in complete harmony with the Earth’s natural systems and cycles.