Self-Powered Wireless Sensing and Control of Intelligent Facilities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-11ER90012
Agency Tracking Number:
97385
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
35 a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Adam Bingaman
Mr.
(540) 626-6266
anbingam@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Mrs.
(540) 626-6266
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Measurement and efficient control of power consumption of High Performance Computing (HPC) and HVAC subsystems within facilities are less than adequate for meeting newly developing and improving efficiency standards. Energy management systems, including sensors, signal processing, feedback and control are needed to increase efficiency, operational cost and intelligence of facilities. Additionally, these systems must operate with low power consumption to aide in the effort of efficiency. Through Phase I efforts, Nanosonic will demonstrate wireless transmission of sensed environmental and power consumption data of a facility to improve the efficiency and intelligence of the HPC system. Sensors remotely deployed in the necessary subsystems will measure operational points, transmit and analyze data, and respond to the system via feedback (actuators, switches, etc) to alter output. Additionally, the sensors and transmitters will have no power footprint, as power harvesting of waste energy will power the extremely low-power hardware, thus eliminating the need for wires. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Wireless, low-power energy harvesting data feedback systems have countless commercial and residential applications for improving facility efficiency. Operating conditions of any structure obtained through such a system can be compared to the users requirements, thus reducing power consumption and operational cost while improving efficiency. As a result, the facility will be closer to operating certifications, such as Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED).

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