Nicholas Houchois, Eric Teitelbaum, and Forrest Meggers have founded a company to bring the SMART sensor to market:
The company 2nd prize at the regional DOE Cleantech pitch competition for $15,000, and won the BTO prize of $35,000 at the national competition.
PhD students Dorit Aviv and Hongshan Guo both presented papers at the SimAUD conference at TU Delft. Meggers was one of the scientific chairs and participated in a panel discussing radiant thermal comfort.
Reuters published a great article on the challenges of urban heat. Prof Meggers was quoted on the challenges specific to our work with air conditioning systems in the urban environment.
The CHAOS team presented 4 papers at the International Building Simulation conference held in San Francisco.
CHAOS Lab symposium on the Energy Water Nexus and the role of carbon and natural systems for the challenges in our urban environment and infrastructures
9:00 am: Welcome message and Introduction to Energy+Water+Urban by Dr. Forrest Meggers
9:30 am: Noah Stern, Water + Carbon + Environment. Followed by Q/A
The Water and Carbon cycles are arguably the most important cycles for humankind to understand. The water cycle is the largest cycle on the planet, and the carbon cycle is at the heart of the threat of climate change. Current models of sediment carbon dynamics focus on preservation of organic carbon through formation of carbon-mineral aggregates. However, the preservation of carbon in these soil aggregates depends on their stability. My research focuses on the importance of particulate organic carbon in the development of microbial hot-spots where highly elevated release rates of CO2 and CH4 occur. Connecting the contribution of particulate organic carbon to the freshwater carbon cycle has large implications for natural and engineered environments.
10:00 am: Hongshan Guo & Erica Edwards, NSF-SRN UWIN – Urban water, humidity, surfaces and radiant comfort
11:00 am: Eric Teitelbaum & Michael Bozlar,
I.) Applications of Liquid Desiccant in Building Dehumidification.
II.) Evaporative Cooling using Hydrophilic Substrates
12:00 pm: James Coleman & Nicholas Houchois, Distributed and Intelligent Sensors
12:30 pm: Concluding remarks by Forrest Meggers
12.45 pm Adjourn – Lunch
Many thanks to Bill Braham at UPenn for including me in the publication.
Thermoheliodome – in a slightly new line-art rendering, but the research still creating a stir:
CITIES: Resilient • Adaptable • Livable • Smart
Also see the new book Energy Accounts with a chapter featuring the Thermoheliodome:
The team was awarded funding for further development of a novel membrane desiccant dehumidification system from the Andlinger E-ffiliates program. We will continue our collaboration with Dow and Arkema on the novel system including new ideas for 3D printing the interface system.
Forrest and the CHAOS team hosted the New Jersey chapter of the United States Green Building Council for a tour of campus buildings, including the new Architecture Laboratory and the Andlinger Center. Forrest delivered a lecture on Architecture-Engineering-Sustainability, and engaged in a lively dialogue on future potentials in the space between architecture and engineering amongst many practicing architects and engineers.
Link to the event: