Richard Costello

Track A: Water
Thu/PM 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Acela Energy Group, Inc.
United States
Innovative Way to Reduce Your Buildings Hot Water Temperature & Energy Consumption

This presentation discusses the current use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with assisting existing Building’s HVAC Control Systems to substantially reduce energy consumption, including the energy used to heat water. Most control systems in use today are set to instantly compensate and react for each temperature variation that occurs in a building, but these systems often work against the buildings natural thermal inertia, which can lead to the overlapping and waste of both cooling and heating capacity. Today there exists several AI products that harness the existing thermal energy in buildings.

Using temperature sensors and other contributing factors in each zone, AI technology collects all the data and proactively adjusts each zone’s internal temperature in accordance with the client comfort requirement. Each zone’s local time constant is the length of time it takes for the natural release of heat from the building, given the building’s construction materials and contents. The technology provides an offset to the EMS to make automatic and continuous energy management decisions based on the short and long-term heating and cooling needs of the building.

Mr. Costello is the President of Acela Energy Group, an energy consulting group specializing in energy procurement, load management, as well as, energy conservation training, auditing, and on-site wind & geothermal generation projects. Rich has extensive experience in the fields of load management, utility services, energy conservation, as well as power, natural gas, and tariff related negotiations and agreements.

Mr. Costello is also President of Acela Thermal Energy (ATE), a Refrigeration and HVAC energy service division of Acela Energy Group specializing in mechanical & thermal energy conservation measures as well as implementation of AI on building HVAC Control Systems. ATE provides energy services to Commercial, Governmental, Retail, Institutional, and Industrial Customers, as well as ESCO’s and Utilities across the country.

Rich is a registered professional engineer and was previously the Power Supply Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as well as a Senior Engineer in the Load Management Department of Boston Edison (Eversource). He holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Costello also conducts Certification Programs nationwide for the Association of Energy Engineers. Rich was the National President of the Association for the Year 2000 and received the 2003 Energy Professional of the Year Award from the organization. In 2006, Richard was inducted into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame.

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