Documentation for the oTherm project

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Project Overview

The oTherm project aims to lower the cost and complexity of conducting monitoring and verification (M&V) studies of renewable thermal technologies deployed for the heating and cooling of buildings. The project consists of three main components: (1) a web-based application that serves as the primary data management tool (2) a separate set of Python scripts for accessing and analyzing data, using ground source heat pump as an example technology, and (3) a set of Best Practices documents that guide data providers on what capabilities are expected for an oTherm monitoring system and M&V practitioners on establishing a monitoring and verification program to meet their specific needs.

By standardizing the data collection and documentation of individual M&V projects, there is a greater ability to share data between projects that would collectively improve the rate at which clean heating and cooling technologies are adopted and deployed.

This site serves as the landing page for project documentation, as itemized in the table below.


Resource Description
Getting Started Setting up an oTherm app instance
oTherm code repository oTherm application source code
Data model specifications A deep dive into the oTherm data models
API Documentation Accessing oTherm data through APIs
GSHP analytics repository Python scripts for analyzing oTherm GSHP data
GSHP analytics documentation Read the Docs documentation of GSHP scripts
Best Practices Documents Data Providers
  Data Users
Data Dictionary Design Documents Device Level Data
  Facility Level Data

At the conclusion of the grant, the R&D oTherm instance that is hosted by the UNH Interoperability Lab will be available R&D Site

About the oTherm Project

The oTherm project was initiated as part of discussions in the Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA). With support of an RTA Innovation Grant, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) began work on data dictionaries. Subsequently, UNH partnered with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment to secure a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of State Energy Programs(DE-EE0008619 ) to build a functional prototype. The UNH Interoperability Lab has been instrumental in the development work throughout the process.


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