Michael Wetter is a Staff Scientist at the Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research includes integrating building performance simulation tools into the research process, as well as their use for design and operation. He is leading the development of Spawn of EnergyPlus, a next-generation simulation engine for building and district energy and control systems, OpenBuildingControl, a project that digitizes the control delivery process, and the Modelica Buildings Library, the largest Modelica library for building energy and control systems. He has also been developing the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed software for co-simulation and model-based operation, co-simulation tools based on the Functional Mockup Interface standard and the GenOpt optimization program. He is the co-operating agent of IBPSA Project 1 and was co-operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 60, two multinational collaborations that develop new generation computational tools for buildings and community energy systems between 2013 and 2022. Prior to joining LBNL, he led the development of building system models at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He did his dissertation at the University of California at Berkeley and at LBNL, where he created the GenOpt optimization program and the BuildOpt building simulation program and where he developed the first building energy optimization technique that provably converges to the optimal building design. He is a recipient of the bi-annual Outstanding Young Contributor Award of IBPSA and of the bi-annual Distinguished Achievements in Building Simulation Award of IBPSA-USA. He is the Chair of the College of Fellows of IBPSA, an IBPSA Fellow, and a member of the Boards of IBPSA and the Modelica North America Users’ Group. He was Treasurer of IBPSA and President of IBPSA-USA.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
BS in Energy and Building Technologies, University of Applied Sciences at Luzern, Switzerland, 1995
Marco Bonvini, Michael Wetter and Thierry Nouidui, Simulation Research Group
International Building Performance Simulation Association , Member of Board of Directors, Chair of College of Fellows
Modelica North America Users' Group , Member of Board of Directors
International Building Performance Simulation Association - US Chapter , Member, Past President
Modelica Association , Member
ASHRAE , Member
Journal and Editorial Board Memberships
Journal of Building Performance, Editorial Board
Open Building Control. California Energy Commision, 2021. .
"Vocabulary for the fourth generation of district heating and cooling." Smart Energy 1 (2021) 100003. .
"Interactive Metadata Integration with Brick." BuildSys '20: Proceedings of the 7th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation. Japan, 2020. .
"Shepherding Metadata Through the Building Lifecycle." BuildSys '20: Proceedings of the 7th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation. Japan, 2020. .
"All you need to know about model predictive control for buildings." Annual Reviews in Control (2020). .
"Development and Verification of Control Sequences for Single- Zone Variable Air Volume System Based on ASHRAE Guideline 36." American Modelica Conference 2020. Boulder, Colorado: Proceedings of the American Modelica Conference 2020, 2020. .
"Lifting the Garage Door on Spawn, an Open-Source BEM-Controls Engine." 2020 BPAC & Simbuild 2020: 518-525. .
"Verification of Control Sequences within OpenBuildingControl." 16th IBPSA Conference. Rome, Italy, 2019. .
Quayside Energy Systems Analysis. 2019. LBNL 2001197. .
"Prototyping the BOPTEST Framework for Simulation-Based Testing of Advanced Control Strategies in Buildings." IBPSA Building Simulation 2019. Rome, Italy, 2019. .
"CyDER – an FMI-based co-simulation platform for distributed energy resources." Journal of Building Performance Simulation 12.5 (2018) 566 - 579. .
"OpenBuildingControl: Modeling Feedback Control as a Step Towards Formal Design, Specification, Deployment and Verification of Building Control Sequences." 2018 Building Performance Modeling Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA. Chicago, IL, 2018. .
"Control Description Language." 1st American Modelica Conference. 2018. LBNL-2001219. .
"A thermodynamic analysis of a novel bidirectional district heating and cooling network." Energy 144 (2018) 20 - 30. .
"Bidirectional low temperature district energy systems with agent-based control: Performance comparison and operation optimization." Applied Energy 209 (2018). 2001090. .
"Simplifications for hydronic system models in Modelica." Journal of Building Performance Simulation (2018). .
"MPCPy: An Open-Source Software Platform for Model Predictive Control in Buildings." Proceedings of the 15th IBPSA Conference: Building Simulation 2017. San Francisco, 2017. LBNL-2001226. .
"Energy saving potential of a two-pipe system for simultaneous heating and cooling of office buildings." Energy and Buildings 134 (2017) 234 - 247. .
"Dynamic equation-based thermo-hydraulic pipe model for district heating and cooling systems." Energy Conversion and Management 151 (2017). 2001049. .
"A Tale of Three District Energy Systems: Metrics and Future Opportunities." 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. 2016. .
"Hardware-in-the-Loop Co-simulation of Distribution Grid for Demand Response." 19th Power Systems Computation Conference. Genoa, Italy, 2016. LBNL-1005928. .
"Equation-based languages – A new paradigm for building energy modeling, simulation and optimization." Energy and Buildings 117 (2015) 290-300. LBNL-1003383. .
"Modelica Buildings Library." (2015). LBNL-1002944. .