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Energy Use Optimization for Commercial Building Lighting


Graduate Researcher(s): 
Amy Askin
Faculty Advisor: 
Kincho Law

The goal of this project is to minimize the energy use in commercial buildings while meeting occupant preferences.  The system we're developing allows for individually specified occupant preferences and distributed sensing and uses this information to coordinate a lighting scheme for shared spaces that meets these preferences using the minimum amount of energy.  Wireless communications are utilized for the sensing and control scheme to facilitate retrofit applications and for use in reconfigurable spaces.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the system, we have developed sensing and control electronics boards that communicate using the 802.15.4 wireless protocol and control 0-10V standard fluorescent.