We want to help you find cutting-edge solutions to energy efficiency. That's why we developed our Customer Advanced Technologies (CAT) program.
It's a research and development program designed to help you use and evaluate new or underutilized technologies.
CAT provides funding for customers in exchange for a two-year monitoring agreement. This is a win-win proposition for you and for all of our customers as we strive to reduce the need for new power plants.
Unlike many R & D programs, ours emphasizes real-world demonstration projects. We've completed demonstration projects with lighting technologies, building envelopes, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and a wide variety of other technologies.
CAT produces a free electronic newsletter that is published and distributed via e-mail quarterly. It describes current research and includes a calendar of technology workshops. If you'd like to be added to the distribution list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're interested in participating in SMUD's Customer Advanced Technologies Program or have questions about completed projects, please call (916) 732-6409. Or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Achieve energy savings and reduce GHG emissions by installing a natural refrigeration system or retrofitting a high-GWP system today.
To be eligible for this pilot program, customer must install a new natural refrigerant system and meet the other requirements of the Custom Incentive or Savings by Design programs, or Retrofit an existing refrigerant system with a natural refrigerant and meet the other requirements of the Custom Incentive or Savings by Design programs
Contact Ryan Hammond, P.E. at Ryan.Hammond@smud.org or 916-732-5647
Advanced technologies reports
These reports will help you understand the projects we've conducted. Please note that we provide these reports as a public service, but we don't endorse specific products or manufacturers. Mention of any particular product or manufacturer should not be construed as an implied endorsement.
Reports below describe innovative LED projects customers have undertaken in recent years.
- 7-11 LED Canopy Lighting tech brief
- ACC Care Center LED Lighting Study (2014)
- ACC Care Center Circadian Lighting Project (2015)
- ACC-Care-Center-Circadian-Lighting-Project (2017)
- Amplified Farms Indoor Horticulture Lighting Study
- AmerisourceBergen LED Office Lighting
- AmerisourceBergen Warehouse LED Lighting
- Bi-Level LED Bollards tech brief
- Bi-Level LED Garage Lighting Systems
- CLTC LED T8 Replacement Lamp
- County DGS Building LED Lighting Study
- Donahue Schriber SmartCastTM Lighting Project
- Eskaton Circadian Lighting Project
- Eskaton Circadian Lighting Project (Phase 2)
- Gold Ridge Lighting Study
- Lake Forest ARCO LED Demonstration Project
- LED Sensors
- LED Hybrid Porch Light
- LED Freezer Case Lighting
- LED Downlights
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting systems
- SevenLeaves Indoor Horticulture Lighting Study
- Tri Tool Exterior LED Lighting Project
- Tubular LED Retrofit
Lighting accounts for about 20 percent of all electrical energy use in California. So development of new energy-efficient technologies is important for our energy future.
- Airco Mechanical Advanced Lighting Controls
- Blue Diamond Growers - Advanced Lighting Controls
- California Kitchen Lighting System
- Fluorescent Dimming Ballast Study
- Induction Lighting Systems
- Intel Advanced Lighting Controls Project
- Just Right Light Ballasts: An Evaluation of Dimmable Fluorescent Lighting System Technology
- Lighting Circuit Power Reducers for Fluorescent Lighting Applications
- Luxim Plasma Lighting
- Office Lighting Systems: A Snapshot in Time
- Office Torchiere Lighting System
- Smart Vanity Lighting System
- The Berkeley Lamp: An Evaluation of Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Table Lamps
- Tri Tool Advanced Lighting Controls
- T5 Fluorescent Lighting Systems for High-Bay Applications
We've worked with customers to install geothermal heat pumps, evaporative condensed air conditioners, indirect/direct evaporative cooling (IDEC) systems and other ultra-high efficiency cooling techniques.
- Air Conditioner Service Light Project
- AquaChill: Split-system air conditioning
- Coolerado Cooler final report: Innovative evaporative cooling system
- Desert CoolAire executive summary
- Desert CoolAire technical assessment
- Evapercool tech report
- Ice Bear Thermal Storage System
- OASys: Indirect-direct evaporative cooling system
- Operation IDEC Rescue: Advantages of proper installation and maintenance
- Tri Tool Climate Wizard indirect evaporative cooler
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
SMUD customers have participated in demonstration projects for a wide variety of technologies including non-chemical water treatment systems, voltage regulation devices, solar powered lighting systems and solar powered pond circulators.
- Catalytic Water Conditioners
- CoolTrol: Refrigeration Management System
- Debbie Meyer Swim Center Report
- Evaluation of EnviroGrid Technology Performance
- Intelli-Hood: Demand Ventilation System
- MCI Water Treatment Study
- MicroPlanet: Enterprise voltage regulation
- NovaTorque brushless motor bench test
- NovaTorque tech brief
- Professional Wet Cleaning full report
- Professional Wet Cleaning tech brief
- Pulse-Power Water Treatment for Cooling Towers
- Solar Powered Lighting Systems
- SolarBee Technology Brief
- The Electrical Harmonizer