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The Light Sentry by Sonne Industries

Since no building has lighting automation as intuitive as a simple thermostat, EVERY building could benefit from the patented, transformational technology of the Light Sentry…the only lighting automation solution that offers a wireless, remote light sensor that communicates with a hub, that commands nodes to turn on, dim/brighten, and turn off. These commands are triggered by natural light, time or a combination of both. ...more »

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A software-centric approach to Building Automation to improve utilization of energy efficiency technology.

Building owners who can't afford legacy building automation systems (at a starting price of $10,000) currently have just one real solution: the programmable thermostat. They’re cheap but they quickly stop delivering efficiency and don’t provide data to facility and energy managers. Our approach is to turn the traditional building automation model on its head. Instead of costly hardware devices at the sites and specialist ...more »

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Building management system components are not interoperable

The current solutions to building energy management, monitoring and control are sub-optimized for Demand-Response (DR) and Building Utilization Efficiency applications because they generally fail to facilitate communications between products from different companies. Many communication-enabled energy/demand management devices (sensors, actuators, controllers) that originate from different manufacturers have limited options ...more »

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No Building Has Lighting Automation That Is As Uncomplicated As A Basic Thermostat

No building (commercial, industrial or residential) has lighting automation and control that is as uncomplicated as a basic thermostat and this leads to an excessive demand on the energy grid, a negative impact on the carbon footprint, excessive electricity costs for the occupants, and may even mean an unsafe environment for inhabitants and visitors. The automation/control temperature-evolution has progressed from ...more »

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DC Microgrid Controller for Tesla Powerwall and Other Battery Storage Systems

Problem: DC microgrids will play an important role in the sustainable electric infrastructure of the future but currently require a prohibitive amount of expertise and customization for substantial market penetration. Elon Musk announced on April 30th, 2015 that the Tesla Energy battery systems will be open-source (see attached link). I propose building on this open-source technology with a DC-DC converter/controller ...more »

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Occupants are outside of the building controls loop

Occupants need better ways of providing direct feedback to building operators/control systems and other occupants on their real-time personal comfort and/or productivity. This will require real-time sensing, data analytics and controls capabilities using embedded devices that support both machine to machine and machine to human content/intent communication. Advances can be leveraged in touch/no-touch gesture and voice ...more »

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