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  • Building-in-Briefcase

    Berkeley Engineering Article: Building-in-Briefcase

    In October 2017, Berkeley Engineering highlighted an easy-to-use, cost-effective, building condition and usage monitoring tool that was developed by SinBerBEST researchers working with Professor Costas SpanosKevin Weekly, Ming Jin, and Ruoxi Jia, co-developed this device, the Building-in-Briefcase (BiB) system. Each BiB set can measure the detailed environmental conditions of a sizable residence, a medium-sized office suite, or any other similarly sized space in the built environment.

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    IEEE Spectrum Article: What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You

    In June 2017, IEEE Spectrum published a feature article on how a smart meter provides information in addition to energy consumption data to the power companies.

  • 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.  

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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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