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  • Prof. Spanos and a Snapshot of Global Energy Consumption and the Benefits of SinBerBEST Technologies

    Berkeley Engineer Article: Smart Buildings in the Next Generation Infrastructure

    In the Spring 2017 issue of the Berkeley Engineer magazine, UC Berkeley Engineering researchers shared their visions about the system of the future. SinBerBEST Program Leader, Prof. Costas Spanos, imagined a world in which a network of intelligent buildings, capable of monitoring their own energy consumption, negotiate with electric power companies to sell off their energy surplus. Please click here for the full article.  

  • OSIsoft SinBerBEST Promotional Video

    OSIsoft + SinBerBEST

    OSIsoft has been providing data management systems and data visualization services to the SinBerBEST program. It recently featured the research program and its Program Leader, Professor Costas Spanos, in a promotional video. Please click here to view the video. 

  • Map of Singapore and outline of Singapore and its surrounding islands and waterways.

    Berkeley News Article: Using Smart Fans to Save Building Energy

    UC Berkeley News recently covered research findings from UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University, and Stanford University on the impact of personal fans on thermal comfort of building occupants in Singapore. Prof. Stefano Schiavon, a UC Berkeley Assistant Architecture Professor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment, a Researcher with the Center for the Built Environment, and a Principal Investigator of SinBerBEST, discussed the interdisciplinary team's research results about the impact of of the personal electric fans on air conditioning and heating needs of a building.  

News

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.

PhD student Krishnanand Radhakrishnan and Dr. Joymala Moirangthem of NUS received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies for their work titled "GIS Integrated Automation of a Near Real-Time Power-Flow Service for Electrical Grids."

NUS graduate student Palak Jain and UC Berkeley graduate student Jason Poon received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) for their work titled 'Fault Diagnosis via PV Panel-Integrated Power Electronics.'

Building and Construction Authority has awarded two SinBerBEST Principal Investigators, Kameshwar Poolla and Su Rong, with a $1M grant for an energy efficiency and human comfort project for two years, starting July 1, 2016. The project entails scheduling and control of air distribution and delivery in building variable air volume air conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems.

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