Penn State's annual Undergraduate Exhibition communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in research and creative endeavors.
POSTER PUBLICATION SUMMARY
Buildings today lack the ability to integrate information between various energy-demanding systems, resulting in inefficient energy usage and unnecessary emissions output. Implementation of the Energy Management System, which converts each disconnected system protocol into one common language, allows users to visualize consumption and
contribute to a cleaner, greener environment.
1st Place Among the Course-Based Project Entries
Buildings are the top consumers of electricity and contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and have been for decades. Yet in the information age of today, they lack the ability to integrate data between various energy-demanding systems in order to efficiently control energy consumption and pollution emission output. The lack of an efficient, holistic process to correlate the operation of these systems results in energy usage that is not only
environmentally harmful, but wasteful as well. The implementation of the Energy Management System makes use of a network infrastructure, a mediator translator hardware which translates building system protocols into one common message format, and a user-end visualization software. The components of the Energy Management System allow
for the real-time data conversion that can be understood by an IT communication system. The result is a greener, more intelligent building communication tool that can automate disconnected system tasks, maximize efficiency, and minimize emissions. Users are thus given the opportunity to monitor their consumption and correlating costs of energy through
the use of visualization and predictive optimization software. The conceptual development of the tool through design science methodology has provided insight into the potential benefits that the Energy Management System can offer not only us, but our environment.