Ongoing Projects

Building Energy Model and Simulation:

Building Energy Model and Simulation:

This project has two paralleled components. The first is the creation of a building energy simulation model of the Engineering 2 building that will allow us to compare and analyze the buildings energy efficiency. This will include acquiring data from this highly instrumented building on UCSC campus, compiling logistics of the building, constructing the model, and running the simulation. The second component will use the data to design and program an interactive visual representation of the information to make it more accessible and relatable to people that interact with the building on a regular basis. This visualization tool will be specifically tailored for building performance data. This program would improve upon the typical “energy dashboard” type displays that are currently prevalent, by creating a unique user interface that can deal with the multi-dimensional nature of this data. By providing an easily accessible interactive simplification of energy consumption of the building, occupants will be more connected to their building and incentivized to reduce their personal energy consumption....

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Microgrids: Sensing, Data Management and Analysis:

Microgrids: Sensing, Data Management and Analysis:

This project intends to improve energy sensing and data management to demonstrate and study the advantages of microgrids. This team integrates wireless transmitters in energy monitoring devices (Kill-A-Watts) to view energy data in real-time. and their goal is to have sensors integrated ubiquitously on the UCSC campus that constantly collect energy data. This data from the sensors, along with energy data from the microgrid at NASA Ames, will be displayed creatively online for analysis and education. Users will be able to schedule time, check the status and collect data from instruments at the NASA Ames microgrid, while monitoring their energy use on...

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Green Careers Apprenticeship Learning:

Green Careers Apprenticeship Learning:

A team of IDEASS students is creating a curriculum for at-risk high school students at the Natural Bridges Green Center to engage and interest them in green careers. Students will be working on a 6-month innovative project applying chemistry and engineering skills to create solar dye cells, building a rainwater catchment system, and monitoring solar tubes. The students will learn how and why to critically address the importance of sustainability by the amount of much energy and water they are saving by utilizing the solar tubes/dye cells and rainwater catchment system.  Throughout the year, students will be creating an environmentally focused film and audio logs. Their finished film will be presented at the 2014 summer exposition at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center at Santa Cruz,...

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