ASHRAE educational programs help raise awareness
To help students gain a better understanding of how being plugged in impacts building energy use, ASHRAE is funding a teaching project for students at the University of Oregon called Plugged In!
ASHRAE continues to fund projects to help raise awareness and promotoe teaching of HVAC&R-related topics. As part of Plugged In, students will shop for electrical appliances, determine the plug loads of each appliance, and calculate their short-term and long-term energy implications. They also will develop a real-time monitoring and feedback loop of a dormitory, as part of their goal of modifying occupant behavior. The students will develop a Web interface using energy use animations to reflect the amount of actual energy use of the dorm.
The program will challenge students to develop an understanding of personal and broad-scale energy consumption; and how appliance selection and behavior modification impacts energy use through a hands-on experience. The Plugged In project was one of 13 grants funded by ASHRAE through its senior undergraduate project grant program.
Totaling more than $65,000, the grants are awarded by ASHRAE to colleges and universities to promote the study and teaching of HVAC&R. The grants are used to design and construct projects. Visit the Student Zone on the ASHRAE website for more information.
Other ASHRAE grant recipients are:
University of Colorado at Boulder
Developing a low-cost modular building integrated PV-thermal collector for electricity, hot Water, and pre-heated ventilation air
Purdue University (team 1)
Heat recovery demonstrators
University of Central Florida
Design optimization of a solar thermal system with integrated storage
Lawrence Technological University
Monitor and simulate two existing, high-performance buildings to achieve and maintain sustainable operation
Boise State University
Solar collector panel test stand senior design team
The University of Kansas
Working model of a tall building’s HVAC&R systems
Florida International University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Variable speed pumping system
Solar hydrogen fuel cell water heater educational stand %%MDASSML%% design and fabrication
University of Washington %%MDASSML%% Seattle
Assessing the natural ventilation in classrooms and laboratories—implementing class projects
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Air conditioning laboratory unit for undergraduate engineering education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Design and construction of a solar PV demonstration system for laboratory use and public education