The Galvin Electricity Initiative
SDG has played a key role in the Galvin Electricity Initiative, privately funded by former Motorola chairman Bob Galvin. As part of this initiative, SDG developed two cost-benefit models for evaluating current and future power system configurations, which are available to the public at no charge.
The Galvin Value Models evaluate two types of system architechture: building-integrated and micro-grid-level distributed power system configurations and technologies for commercial, residential and mixed-use applications. These models, developed by SDG principal consultant Gene Oatman and a research team, are available for download at no charge. See Galvin Value Models.
These models differ from conventional al cost-benefit models because of their ability to quantify consumer and societal value. The Building-Integrated Model focuses on power systems for individual buildings and features technologies for generation, energy storage, communications, and controls. The Microgrid Model focuses on linking building-integrated systems together to take advantage of shared power generation and storage.
The package available for download includes a Users Guide, case studies, and a report that describes the methodology used to develop the models.