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  • Nelumbo Team 2018

    Nelumbo: Updates

    Cyclotron Road recently highlighted Nelumbo, the creator of highly-efficient, heat-transfer surfaces, a company that was founded by SinBerBEST 1 researchers led by Prof. Hayden Taylor. The article discussed how it has a new partnership with Danfoss, a worldwide supplier of energy-efficient power systems, completed a Series A financing round, opened a manufacturing and development facility, and expanded its team.

  • LinkedIn Article: Interaction of Ceiling Fans

    SinBerBEST 2 Theme Leader, Professor Stefano Schiavon, issued a LinkedIn article in July 2018 on ceiling fan airflows based on a climate chamber study.  In this Singapore-based experiment, SinBerBEST researcher, Aleksandra Lipczynska, Prof. Schiavon, and Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, Edward Arens, examined airflow profiles created by one fan and multiple fans using high spatial resolution air speed measurements, 5,760 and 20,160 measuring points for the two cases respectively.

  • Occupant's thermal preference in response to setpoints and fans

    LinkedIn Article: Ceiling fans can increase thermal comfort

    In May 2018, SinBerBEST 2 Theme Lead, Professor Stefano Schiavon, published a LinkedIn article sharing recent research findings of using ceiling fans in a Singapore office building. In this study, SinBerBEST researcher, Aleksandra Lipczynska, Prof. Schiavon, and Center for Built Environment Research Specialist, Lindsay Graham, evaluated how increased room temperatures and air movement impacted the white-collar workers’ thermal comfort and their self-reported productivity.

News

SinBerBEST2 held its Inaugural Annual Symposium entitled: Sustainable Buildings as Cyber-Physical-Social Systems on the 6th July 2018 at CREATE, Singapore. Researchers from SinBerBEST2 presented their state-of-the-art research work over the past year. They also heard from local and international experts on topics related to energy and the built environment. A total of 100 participants attended the symposium. Finally, tours and demonstrations were offered in the Cyber-Physical testbed that was designed to facilitate research on sustainable tropical buildings.

The Structural Safety Journal will be publishing research findings from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore, Chungbuk National University, and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya on using performance-based engineering and multi-criteria decision analysis for designing sustainable and resilient buildings. Please click on the link to download the full article.

Applied Energy, a peer-reviewed, academic journal that focuses on energy engineering research, has a special issue on "Energy-cyber-physical Systems" that will be published in the February 2019 edition. The special issue is led by Prof. Costas Spanos, SBB2 Program Leader. Please click here for details on the Call for Papers. Paper submission for the Energy-cyber-physical Systems edition will start on May 1, 2018.

The SinBerBEST Renewal program (SBB2) has been approved for funding by the National Research Foundation. It commenced on 1 June 2017 and will end on 31 May 2022.

Building on the considerable research investments and successes from the current SinBerBEST program, the SBB2 team will continue to innovate building technologies for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with renewed, greater emphases on technology transfer and commercialization, and closer collaboration with the Singapore agencies.

Nature.com's Scientific Reports recently published research findings from UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the characterization of photocatalytic TiO2 powder under different conditions. They used an advanced XPS with synchrotron radiation light source to explore the surface changes of bulk photocatalytic TiO2 powder under near ambient pressure with the sequential supply and termination of UV irradiation, water moisture, and oxygen.

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