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Nick Fernandez

Nick Fernandez

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Nick Fernandez was born in Columbia, MD. He is a 2002 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and a 2006 graduate of The University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Nick received a Master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland in 2008 at the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering. Nick’s master thesis studied the performance and oil retention characteristics of a CO2 heat pump water heater. Nick began working for PNNL in 2009 in the building energy systems (BES) group. He has worked on a variety of projects, including commercial building retuning, residential building energy codes, community-scale net-zero energy systems, and self-correcting controls for HVAC systems. Most of his work involves using EnergyPlus to model prototype or existing buildings to understand opportunities for energy savings.

Research Interests

  • Building energy efficiency modeling and analysis
  • Passive solar building energy systems
  • Renewable energy deployment and integration
  • Intersections between peak oil and economics

Education and Credentials

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2006

PNNL Publications

2020

  • Fernandez N., D.J. Taasevigen, B.K. Boyd, N.V. Panossian, and P. Volkman. 2020. "Energy cost savings and expected payback for Re-tuning the controls of US Army buildings." Energy Efficiency 13, no. 5:835-851. PNNL-SA-144083. doi:10.1007/s12053-020-09852-w

2018

  • Cort K.A., J.A. McIntosh, G. Sullivan, T.D. Ashley, C.E. Metzger, and N. Fernandez. 2018. Testing the Performance and Dynamic Control of Energy-Efficient Cellular Shades in the PNNL Lab Homes. PNNL-27663 Rev 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Fernandez N., S. Katipamula, W. Wang, Y. Xie, and M. Zhao. 2018. "Energy Savings Potential from Improved Building Controls for the U.S. Commercial Building Sector." Energy Efficiency 11, no. 2:393-413. PNNL-SA-121880. doi:10.1007/s12053-017-9569-5
  • Wang W., N. Fernandez, S. Katipamula, and K.J. Alvine. 2018. "Performance Assessment of a Photonic Radiative Cooling System for Office Buildings." Renewable Energy 118. PNNL-SA-122490. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2017.10.062

2017

  • Fernandez N., D.J. Taasevigen, and R.M. Underhill. 2017. "Success of Commercial Building Re-tuning in Federal Buildings: Results and Case Studies." Journal of Architectural Engineering 23, no. 1. PNNL-SA-112623. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000216
  • Fernandez N., S. Katipamula, and R.M. Underhill. 2017. "Optimizing Control of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems with Energy Recovery in Commercial Buildings." Journal of Energy Engineering 143, no. 1. PNNL-ACT-SA-10075. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EY.1943-7897.0000368
  • Fernandez N., S. Katipamula, W. Wang, Y. Xie, M. Zhao, and C.D. Corbin. 2017. Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction. PNNL-25985. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction

2016

  • Hammerstrom D.J., C.D. Corbin, N. Fernandez, J.S. Homer, A. Makhmalbaf, R.G. Pratt, and A. Somani, et al. 2016. Valuation of Transactive Systems. PNNL-25323. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Valuation of Transactive Systems

2015

2014

  • Fernandez N., S. Katipamula, W. Wang, Y. Huang, and G. Liu. 2014. "Energy Savings Modelling of Re-tuning Energy Conservation Measures in Large Office Buildings." Journal of Building Performance Simulation 8, no. 6:391-407. PNNL-SA-89524. doi:10.1080/19401493.2014.961032
  • Somasundaram S., R.G. Pratt, B.A. Akyol, N. Fernandez, N. Foster, S. Katipamula, and E.T. Mayhorn, et al. 2014. Transaction-Based Building Controls Framework, Volume 1: Reference Guide. PNNL-23302. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Transaction-Based Building Controls Framework, Volume 1: Reference Guide

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Brown D.R., J.A. Dirks, N. Fernandez, and T.E. Stout. 2010. The Prospects of Alternatives to Vapor Compression Technology for Space Cooling and Food Refrigeration Applications. PNNL-19259. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Prospects of Alternatives to Vapor Compression Technology for Space Cooling and Food Refrigeration Applications
  • Fernandez N., M.R. Brambley, S. Katipamula, H. Cho, J.K. Goddard, and L.H. Dinh. 2010. Self-Correcting HVAC Controls Project Final Report. PNNL-19074. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Self-Correcting HVAC Controls Project Final Report
  • Katipamula S., N. Fernandez, M.R. Brambley, and T.A. Reddy. 2010. "Building Scale vs. Community Scale Net-Zero Energy Performance." In 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 2-151 - 2-168. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-71275.
  • Katipamula S., P. Armstrong, W. Wang, and N. Fernandez. 2010. "Efficient Low-Lift cooling with Radiant Distribution, Thermal Storage and Variable-Speed Chiller Controls." In Proceedings of CLIMA 2010, 10th REHVA World Congress: Sustainable Energy Use In Buildings, May 9-12, 2010, Antalya, Turkey. Brussels:Federation of European HVAC Associations. PNNL-SA-70386.
  • Katipamula S., P. Armstrong, W. Wang, N. Fernandez, H. Cho, W. Goetzler, and J. Burgos, et al. 2010. Development of High-Efficiency Low-Lift Vapor Compression System - Final Report. PNNL-19227. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Development of High-Efficiency Low-Lift Vapor Compression System - Final Report
  • Katipamula S., P.R. Armstrong, W. Wang, N. Fernandez, H. Cho, W. Goetzler, and J. Burgos, et al. 2010. Cost-Effective Integration of Efficient Low-Lift Baseload Cooling Equipment: FY08 Final Report. PNNL-19114. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Cost-Effective Integration of Efficient Low-Lift Baseload Cooling Equipment: FY08 Final Report

2009

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