Title

Smart Building Systems in Residential Solar Applications

Presenter Information

Joe Schaefer

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Electrical Engineering

Research Advisor

Stone, Robert B.
Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979-

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Advisor's Department

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Fellows Program; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Energy

Abstract

Chameleon is a residential automation system dedicated to the combination of energy efficiency and convenience. The system employs a series of automated applications including lighting, HVAC, home entertainment, appliance control, and phantom load reduction. The integration of these systems influences a net energy gain.

A network of sensors will be installed throughout the residence to provide pertinent information to the control system. Chameleon will then use this data to execute the desired actions in the most energy efficient manner. The system will include all conventional controls and will be seamlessly integrated, but will also feature a dedicated user interface. The interface will allow input of the resident’s preferences; the system will also be controllable via the internet.

In addition to providing convenience to the resident, the system will save a significant amount of energy. While traditional systems expend energy to provide convenience, Chameleon will have a positive impact on both aspects.

Biography

Joseph Schaefer is a senior in Electrical Engineering. Since 2004, he has been involved with the Solar House Design Team designing electrical and automation systems. As president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branch, the branch received the Most Active Student Branch award from IEEE-St. Louis. He has also had co-op and intern experiences with Anheuser-Busch and General Electric. In June, Joseph plans to begin working for Kiewit Power Engineers in Lenexa, KS.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Gasconade Room

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Comments

Joint project with Bryan Glass and Joseph Schaefer

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Smart Building Systems in Residential Solar Applications

Gasconade Room

Chameleon is a residential automation system dedicated to the combination of energy efficiency and convenience. The system employs a series of automated applications including lighting, HVAC, home entertainment, appliance control, and phantom load reduction. The integration of these systems influences a net energy gain.

A network of sensors will be installed throughout the residence to provide pertinent information to the control system. Chameleon will then use this data to execute the desired actions in the most energy efficient manner. The system will include all conventional controls and will be seamlessly integrated, but will also feature a dedicated user interface. The interface will allow input of the resident’s preferences; the system will also be controllable via the internet.

In addition to providing convenience to the resident, the system will save a significant amount of energy. While traditional systems expend energy to provide convenience, Chameleon will have a positive impact on both aspects.