Automated Building Energy Efficiency Analysis

Goals

The aim of the project is to develop a commercially viable device capable of (1) autonomous navigation of a building and (2) building lighting assessment. This requires the development of two distinct systems. 1. A handheld device capable of assessing the lighting within a building while being transported by an individual. 2. An autonomous vehicle capable of navigation of a building for the purpose of lighting assessment.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of all US energy use and carbon emissions. Studies estimate that up to 30% of this energy is wasted through operational faults. By increasing the ability of an auditor to perform an energy audit and decreasing the cost of said audit, significant energy reductions can be made in businesses that would normally not be audited.

Methods and Technologies

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Sponsor(s)

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