Licensable Technologies

Systems and methods for optimizing building-to-grid integration

Contact: Dr. Bing Dong, Syracuse University,

A computing device can generate predictions for future consumptions for one or more buildings based on a variety of factors. The factors can include a local climate corresponding to each building, a mass and heat transfer for each building, a daily operation for each building, and an occupancy behavior for each building. A power flow can be determined for one or more power generators. The power flow can be determined based on the predictions of future consumption. A control input vector can be determined for the one or more buildings.

U.S. patent 11177656 issued November 17, 2021.

Compact, High-Efficiency Air Handling Unity for Residential HVAC Systems

Contact: Dr. Thong Q. Dang, Syracuse University,

An air handler unit for use with residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The air handler unit has high resistance mediums (HRMs) coupled closely to a wide-angle vane-diffuser mixed-flow fan system. The HRMs are placed immediately upstream and downstream of the wide-angle vane-diffuser mixed-flow fan to form a closely coupled, compact air handler that provides significant efficiency and noise benefits.

U.S. patent. issued January 7, 2021

Cooling charge determination for a local thermal management system

Contact: Dr. Ez Kahlifa, Syracuse University,

A system and method for estimating the state of charge, i.e., the amount of cooling remaining, in a latent heat thermal storage module of a local environmental control system. The local environmental control system stores cooling energy at night by freezing a latent heat phase change material (PCM), and then releasing the stored cooling energy by removing heat from room air flowing through the PCM during the day. Differential temperature sensors are used measure the air temperature drop across the latent thermals storage unit and the fan voltage, which is directly related to fan air flow rate, is sampled. A controller is programmed to determine the charging state from these measurements.

U.S. patent US2020/0096211 A1 issued March 26, 2020

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