Case Western Reserve University engineers are making sensors that can be integrated into existing materials, transforming today’s homes and commercial buildings into energy-saving, tech-savvy “smart buildings.”
Their work is funded by a $750,000 “incubator” award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
A smart building is one equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.
Philip Feng, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, leads a team that will build wireless sensors and sensor networks that relay the air temperature or the presence of a human in a room to a control hub that turns on or shuts off lights, heating and air conditioning.
The sensors use no batteries or electrical source. They are powered by
Jessica Green, assistant professor of political science, recently won an award for the best book in environmental politics from the International Studies Association (ISA).
ISA awarded Green the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for her book, Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance.
The Harold and Margaret Sprout Award was established in 1972 and named in honor of two pioneers in the study of international environmental problems. The award is given annually to the best book in the field—”one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance,” according to the ISA website.
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the picture is worth a thousand tweets. Lucky for us, GLEI’s Liza Reed was there, smart phone in hand, ready to share the spirit of the event with those who were unable to attend the summit.
The summit was attended by researchers, students and industry and government leaders. Case Western Reserve University sent 17 representatives, including five student researchers. Liza recalls that the spirit of ARPA-E was evident throughout the three days – driving innovation by challenging what was ever thought to be possible in the field of energy.
The vision of the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is to empower our faculty, students and partners to catalyze breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world. Through coordinated research, development, and education, GLEI works with faculty in future grid, wind, solar, storage, and polymers for oil & gas to prioritize, connect, and empower them to be nationally recognized in energy research. GLEI positions these university researchers with partner institutions and companies to put Northeast Ohio at the center of key scientific and engineering issues in energy and energy sustainability.
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