Rahul Mangharam and Madhur Behl have won the Allegheny Region CleanTech Prize for their work on demand response advisor (DR advisor). The aim of the competition is to catalyze clean energy technology start-ups, support novel training and educational opportunities, and create a long-term sustained and diverse community to support clean energy student entrepreneurs in the Allegheny Region and beyond.
The competition took place during Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week, March 14-18, 2016. There were 16 teams from different universities in Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 5 finalists were selected from the 16 teams to pitch for the winning prize. As winners of the competition, Rahul and Madhur received a $50,000 prize, and will compete for additional prizes at the national level competition held by the Department of Energy (DoE) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in June 2016.
The presented technology is a data-driven demand response recommendation engine called DR-Advisor. This technology is based on Madhur’s core dissertation research (he received his Ph.D. in December 2015, now he is a postdoctoral research fellow in ESE with Rahul).
Here is a short video which was a part of the entry into the competition: