Patents by Inventor James P. Kummer

James P. Kummer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220284519
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling building equipment include simulating operation of the building equipment at a plurality of initial points to generate corresponding values of a first control objective and a second control objective that competes with the first control objective, automatically generating a new point at which to run a new simulation based on the plurality of initial points and the corresponding values of the control objectives, running the new simulation at the new point to generate corresponding values of the control objectives, classifying a subset of the plurality of initial points and the new point as Pareto-optimal points based on the corresponding values of the control objectives, and operating the building equipment at a Pareto-optimal point selected from the subset of the plurality of initial points and the new point classified as Pareto-optimal points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Payal Pancholi, Abhishek Gupta, James P. Kummer, Michael J. Wenzel, Michael J. Risbeck
  • Patent number: 11416017
    Abstract: A building manager includes a communications interface configured to receive information from a smart energy grid. The building manager further includes an integrated control layer configured to receive inputs from and to provide outputs to a plurality of building subsystems. The integrated control layer includes a plurality of control algorithm modules configured to process the inputs and to determine the outputs. The building manager further includes a fault detection and diagnostics layer configured to use statistical analysis on the inputs received from the integrated control layer to detect and diagnose faults. The building manager yet further includes a demand response layer configured to process the information received from the smart energy grid to determine adjustments to the plurality of control algorithms of the integrated control layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Clay G. Nesler, Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Derek Supple, Marc D. Andraca, John I. Ruiz, Paul Harrison Rode
  • Patent number: 11276125
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating graphical elements in a user interface are shown according to various embodiments. Various plant designs may be simulated under scenario conditions to predict energy usage and cost. A user may indicate to perform an economic feasibility analysis for one or more simulated plant designs. Financial performance data may be generated for the one or more plant designs according to one or more analysis parameters. Financial performance data may be a Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, or Payback period. A graphical element may be generated in a user interface to present the generated financial performance data. Financial performance data may be compared to threshold values to determine if the plant design is acceptable. Financial performance data can be compared for different plant designs to choose the optimal plant design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Payal Pancholi, Abhishek Gupta, James P. Kummer
  • Patent number: 11181875
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling a central plant includes a high level optimizer, a subplant monitor, a user interface, and a dispatch graphical user interface (GUI) generator. The central plant includes a plurality of subplants configured to serve a thermal energy load. The high level optimizer is configured to determine recommended subplant loads for each of the plurality of subplants. The subplant monitor is configured to monitor the central plant and identify actual subplant loads for each of the plurality of subplants. The user interface is configured to receive manual subplant loads specified by a user. The dispatch GUI generator is configured to generate a dispatch GUI and present the dispatch GUI via the user interface. The dispatch GUI includes the recommended subplant loads, the actual subplant loads, and the manual subplant loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: James P. Kummer, Matthew J. Asmus, Michael J. Wenzel, Carol T. Tumey, Lisa E. Strand, Dennis J. Flood, Nicole A. Madison, Peter A. Kinsella, Joseph P. Carmody
  • Publication number: 20210286334
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to generate a user interface including an indication of one or more economic load demand response (energy) operation parameters, one or more first participation hours, and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours. The processing circuit is configured to receive one or more overrides of the one or more first participation hours from the user interface, generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads for the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the received one or more overrides, and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment to affect an environmental condition of the building based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ELBSAT, Michael J. Wenzel, Nicole A. Madison, Tricia J. Valentine, Collin W. Eggert, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey, Peter A. Craig
  • Patent number: 11022947
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to generate a user interface including an indication of one or more economic load demand response (ELDR) operation parameters, one or more first participation hours, and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours. The processing circuit is configured to receive one or more overrides of the one or more first participation hours from the user interface, generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads for the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the received one or more overrides, and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment to affect an environmental condition of the building based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Nicole A. Madison, Tricia J. Valentine, Collin W. Eggert, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey, Peter A. Craig
  • Publication number: 20210149429
    Abstract: A building manager includes a communications interface configured to receive information from a smart energy grid. The building manager further includes an integrated control layer configured to receive inputs from and to provide outputs to a plurality of building subsystems. The integrated control layer includes a plurality of control algorithm modules configured to process the inputs and to determine the outputs. The building manager further includes a fault detection and diagnostics layer configured to use statistical analysis on the inputs received from the integrated control layer to detect and diagnose faults. The building manager yet further includes a demand response layer configured to process the information received from the smart energy grid to determine adjustments to the plurality of control algorithms of the integrated control layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Clay G. Nesler, Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Derek Supple, Marc D. Andraca, John I. Ruiz, Paul Harrison Rode
  • Patent number: 10928784
    Abstract: A central plant optimization system for designing and operating a central plant includes a planning tool, a central plant controller, and an optimization platform. The planning tool is configured to generate a model of the central plant. The central plant controller is configured to receive the model of the central plant from the planning tool and combine the model of the central plant with timeseries data including a timeseries of predicted energy loads to be served by equipment of the central plant. The optimization platform is configured to receive the model of the central plant combined with the timeseries data, construct an optimization problem using the model of the central plant and the timeseries data, solve the optimization problem to determine an optimal allocation of the energy loads across the equipment of the central plant, and provide optimization results to the central plant controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Craig, Michael F. Jaeger, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey
  • Patent number: 10901446
    Abstract: A building manager includes a communications interface configured to receive information from a smart energy grid. The building manager further includes an integrated control layer configured to receive inputs from and to provide outputs to a plurality of building subsystems. The integrated control layer includes a plurality of control algorithm modules configured to process the inputs and to determine the outputs. The building manager further includes a fault detection and diagnostics layer configured to use statistical analysis on the inputs received from the integrated control layer to detect and diagnose faults. The building manager yet further includes a demand response layer configured to process the information received from the smart energy grid to determine adjustments to the plurality of control algorithms of the integrated control layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Clay G. Nesler, Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Derek Supple, Marc D. Andraca, John I. Ruiz, Paul Harrison Rode
  • Patent number: 10732584
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to provide a first bid including one or more first participation hours and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours to a computing system. The processing circuit is configured to operate one or more pieces of building equipment based on one or more first equipment loads and receive one or more awarded or rejected participation hours from the computing system responsive to the first bid. The processing circuit is configured to generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads based on the one or more awarded or rejected participation hours and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Peter A. Craig, Robert D. Turney
  • Publication number: 20200142364
    Abstract: A central plant optimization system for designing and operating a central plant includes a planning tool, a central plant controller, and an optimization platform. The planning tool is configured to generate a model of the central plant. The central plant controller is configured to receive the model of the central plant from the planning tool and combine the model of the central plant with timeseries data including a timeseries of predicted energy loads to be served by equipment of the central plant. The optimization platform is configured to receive the model of the central plant combined with the timeseries data, construct an optimization problem using the model of the central plant and the timeseries data, solve the optimization problem to determine an optimal allocation of the energy loads across the equipment of the central plant, and provide optimization results to the central plant controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Peter A. Craig, Michael F. Jaeger, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey
  • Publication number: 20200126164
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating graphical elements in a user interface are shown according to various embodiments. Various plant designs may be simulated under scenario conditions to predict energy usage and cost. A user may indicate to perform an economic feasibility analysis for one or more simulated plant designs. Financial performance data may be generated for the one or more plant designs according to one or more analysis parameters. Financial performance data may be a Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, or Payback period. A graphical element may be generated in a user interface to present the generated financial performance data. Financial performance data may be compared to threshold values to determine if the plant design is acceptable. Financial performance data can be compared for different plant designs to choose the optimal plant design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Payal Pancholi, Abhishek Gupta, James P. Kummer
  • Patent number: 10325331
    Abstract: A system for measuring and verifying energy savings resulting from energy conservation measures in a building includes one or more energy meters and a controller. The energy meters are configured to measure an actual amount of building energy usage The controller is configured to determine an actual amount of energy savings resulting from the energy conservation measures during the measurement and verification period and to calculate a least amount of energy savings resulting from the energy conservation measures. The least amount of energy savings is a lower confidence bound on the actual amount of energy savings. The controller is configured to cause a building management system for the building to stop performing a measurement and verification process before a normal end of the measurement and verification period in response to the least amount being greater than a target amount of energy savings to be achieved by the energy conservation measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Michael J. Wenzel
  • Publication number: 20180356782
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to generate a user interface including an indication of one or more economic load demand response (ELDR) operation parameters, one or more first participation hours, and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours. The processing circuit is configured to receive one or more overrides of the one or more first participation hours from the user interface, generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads for the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the received one or more overrides, and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment to affect an environmental condition of the building based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Nicole A. Madison, Tricia J. Valentine, Collin W. Eggert, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey, Peter A. Craig
  • Publication number: 20180356770
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to provide a first bid including one or more first participation hours and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours to a computing system. The processing circuit is configured to operate one or more pieces of building equipment based on one or more first equipment loads and receive one or more awarded or rejected participation hours from the computing system responsive to the first bid. The processing circuit is configured to generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads based on the one or more awarded or rejected participation hours and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Peter A. Craig, Robert D. Turney
  • Publication number: 20170212488
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling a central plant includes a high level optimizer, a subplant monitor, a user interface, and a dispatch graphical user interface (GUI) generator. The central plant includes a plurality of subplants configured to serve a thermal energy load. The high level optimizer is configured to determine recommended subplant loads for each of the plurality of subplants. The subplant monitor is configured to monitor the central plant and identify actual subplant loads for each of the plurality of subplants. The user interface is configured to receive manual subplant loads specified by a user. The dispatch GUI generator is configured to generate a dispatch GUI and present the dispatch GUI via the user interface. The dispatch GUI includes the recommended subplant loads, the actual subplant loads, and the manual subplant loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: James P. Kummer, Matthew J. Asmus, Michael J. Wenzel, Carol T. Tumey, Lisa E. Strand, Dennis J. Flood, Nicole A. Madison, Peter A. Kinsella, Joseph P. Carmody
  • Patent number: 9639413
    Abstract: Systems and methods for building automation system management are shown and described. The systems and methods relate to fault detection via abnormal energy monitoring and detection. The systems and methods also relate to control and fault detection methods for chillers. The systems and methods further relate to graphical user interfaces for use with fault detection features of a building automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer
  • Patent number: 9575475
    Abstract: A building management system (BMS) includes a baseline model generator configured to receive an initial set of predictor variables for potential use in an energy usage model for a building, generate a first set of coefficients for the baseline energy usage model based on the initial set of predictor variables, remove one of the predictor variables from the initial set of predictor variables to create a subset of the initial set of predictor variables, generate a second set of coefficients for the baseline energy usage model based on the subset of the initial set of predictor variables, calculate a test statistic for the removed variable using a difference between the first set of coefficients and the second set of coefficients, and automatically select the removed predictor variable for use in the baseline energy usage model in response the test statistic exceeding a critical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Michael J. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 9568910
    Abstract: A controller for a building management system includes a first data interface configured to receive data from the building management system and a processing circuit including a processor and a memory device storing a fault detection rule having an initial threshold value. The processing circuit is configured to detect a first fault in the building management system using the stored fault detection rule having the initial threshold value and to use the data from the building management system to determine whether an adjustment to the stored fault detection rule is needed. In response to a determination that an adjustment to the stored fault detection rule is needed, the processing circuit is configured to calculate a new threshold value for the stored fault detection rule and update the stored fault detection rule by replacing the initial threshold value with the new threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk H. Drees, Andrew J. Boettcher, James P. Kummer
  • Patent number: D781306
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: James P. Kummer, Dennis J. Flood, Nicole A. Madison, Joel Meine