How Pollination Supports Clean Energy Initiatives

Federal support for clean energy is on its way, are you ready to capitalize on this momentous shift in US policy? Learn all the ways Pollination can help you evaluate the benefits of new technologies on your projects!

We, at Ladybug Tools, are so excited to see initiatives related to boosting the US production of clean energy technology for the built environment. In case you missed it, the Biden administration issued several executive orders to use the Defense Production Act to boost the production of Heat Pumps, Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells and Rare Earth Metals, andElectric Power Grid Components on June 6, 2022.

The Pollination ecosystem is the most comprehensive and integrated set of tools you will find to evaluate clean energy technologies in the built environment. It offers powerful modeling tools integrated into industry-standard CAD platforms, validated recipes that can run locally or on Pollination Cloud, and Pollination Apps, which transform reports into interactive communication portals for easy to read simulation data.

Pollination ships with a wide array of heat pump heating and cooling systems, which can be quickly applied to your building energy models to understand the cost and operational carbon savings associated with these innovative technologies. Have a tough time convincing a client to make the investment and switch to heat pumps? If you crunch the numbers and look at the savings over time, you’ll have the ammunition you need to make the best argument!

Pollination CAD plugins are truly unique in the industry because they allow users to combine electrical grid simulation with full building energy modeling. Together, these enable an unprecedented ability to design the smart grids of the future, which align the grid operation with building controls. This capability is thanks in large part to the URBANopt SDK developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab and the work they have done to make the OpenDSS simulation engine accessible for modeling loads on electric grids.

A Pollination App for Sandbox Solar to understand the impact of different photovoltaic panel arrangements on the growing area with average irradiation and cumulative radiation as the metrics for evaluation.

But, Pollination’s use case is not only limited to buildings! We are helping startups prove out photovoltaic and agrivoltaic installations by using the power of Pollination’s Cloud to run parametric simulations and share the results with a wider audience via Pollination Apps. Fluctuation in the level of solar irradiance impacts photosynthesis, water use, and plant growth. So parametric irradiance studies can be used to study the impact of photovoltaic panel placement, tilt, orientation, and sizing of photovoltaic panels on agricultural productivity at various periods of time during growing seasons.

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