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== Background ==
Image:Campus Energy Monitoring.jpg|Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through
 
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== The Project ==
 
HEIF <ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~heif
 
</ref> campus energy monitoring is a project that proposes to create an intern position, on Humboldt State University, which would be responsible for collecting analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was to create a program that was similar to UC Davis<ref>http://facilities.ucdavis.edu/Dashboard/
 
</ref> where there is easy to access information that can be used. Previously it was though that electric and gas meters were not monitored and the information stored, however with the proposal of this project it was learned that in fact the data was stored. However the information was keep in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.
 
  
=== Uses ===
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The Energy Monitoring station at Humboldt State University (HSU)<ref>
Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data.
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http://www.humboldt.edu/
*developing baseline energy consumption estimates across campus<br />
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</ref> in California
*identifying candidate buildings in need of more detailed evaluation<br />
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, started in December 2008 where one of the many projects under the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)<ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~heif</ref>. This on-going project is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was created after a program that was similar to UC Davis'<ref>http://facilities.ucdavis.edu/Dashboard/ </ref> energy monitoring system, where their information is about specific building energy usage. This information has a variety of uses which may result in less electricity use by Humboldt State University. Previously the information was thought that the electric and gas meters installed throughout the campus were not monitored by any outside sources. With the proposal of this project, it turns out that the information was collectively stored within the meters without anyone knowing this fact.  However the information was kept in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.
*prioritizing energy efficiency projects by their relative impact on energy use<br />
 
*providing critical quantitative inputs for future HEIF proposals<br />
 
*monitoring and quantitatively assessing the impact of energy efficiency retrofits and<br />
 
*outreach programs funded by HEIF<br />
 
*educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation<br />
 
*planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations<br />
 
  
== The Internship ==
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=== Possible Benefits of Accessible Data ===
The main goal of the intern would be, at a minimum, to collect and compile gas and electric data form the various building on campus. The intern would also implored to engage in outreach activities to get the information to staff, students and members of the community. Energy data is critical for [[HSU]] staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. Only Students would be eligible for hiring as the energy monitoring intern. The intern does not have to have set work hours, they can be completed when ever the student has time in between classes and other commitments. The current intern (Nathan Chase) is writing a the code for a program that will take the data the they Energy Monitoring Systems (EMS)
 
  
=== Duties ===
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[[Image:Campus Energy Monitoring Color.jpg|2)Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through|thumb|right|400px]]
The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting it in an understandable form. The intern does not do much community outreach because Green Campus does and has more experience with community outreach. Some of the goals which Nathan hopes to complete are; <br/>
 
*Create a new website for HEIF with better design and layout.<br/>
 
*Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.<br/>
 
  
=== Requirements ===
 
To be eligible for the hiring as a Campus Energy Monitor you have to attend [[HSU]] and have technical qualifications which can be attended form attending ENGR 473. Nathan Chase said that on the day to day basis he had to sort out the raw data and understand how to navigate a computer, however now he is working on a program to do that for him.
 
  
== HEIF Energy Projects ==
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Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data:<ref>
One of the goals of the HEIF campus Energy monitoring is to make it easier to get find energy data on the different buildings so that energy projects adn be more effective. Any proposals that HEIF gets are broken into two categories;
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http://www.humboldt.edu/~heif/proposals/RESU_building_intern_fall_08.pdf
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=== Generation ===
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*developing baseline energy consumption estimates across campus<br>
Generation includes any proposal to create electricity, projects that fall into this catagory are;<br/>
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*identifying candidate buildings in need of more detailed evaluation<br>
*Cogen Unit
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*prioritizing energy efficiency projects by their relative impact on energy use<br>
*PV system
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*providing critical quantitative inputs for future HEIF proposals<br>
=== Efficiency ===
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*monitoring and quantitatively assessing the impact of energy efficiency retrofits and<br>
Efficiency programs are anything that reduces the amount of energy a building intakes.  
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*outreach programs funded by HEIF<br>
*lights
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*educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation<br>
*Insulation
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*planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations<br>
== References ==
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The flowchart on the right shows where the information goes before it gets compiled.
[[Category:Humboldt Energy Independence Fund]]
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[[Category:Engr115 Intro to Engineering]]
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== The Internship  ==
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[[Image:Air_Blower_Test.JPG|3)Nathan Chase checks the output of a blower door test in ENGR 473 Building Energy Analysis (spring 2009)|thumb|left|370px]]
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The primary goal of the intern is to collect and compile gas and electric data form various buildings on campus. Energy data is critical for [[HSU]] staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. This type of accumulation happens due to the fact that there is no set time in which it's collected, only when ever someone accesses the Energy Monitoring System(EMS). Students interested in the energy monitoring internship may be eligible for the hiring process and is not required to have set work hours. The student may complete their submission whenever the student has availability within their school schedule or other previous engagements.
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=== Duties  ===
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The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting this data in an understandable form. The current intern, Nathan Chase, is not responsible for community outreach because the program, Green Campus, has more experience communicating to the community and educating students here on campus about energy efficiency. Green Campus<ref>
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http://www.humboldt.edu/~greenhsu/cms/
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</ref> is a grass roots program that works to develop energy awareness amongst the community. One of the projects that HEIF is currently doing, is to raise energy awareness by having a building energy competition, to see which building is using the least amount of energy across campus. Some of the goals to which Nathan hopes to accomplish are; <br>  
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*Creating a new website for HEIF with a better design and layout.<br>
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*Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.<br>
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=== Requirements  ===
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To be eligible for the Campus Energy Monitoring internship, the requirements are to attend Humboldt State University and have the technical qualifications by completing the ENGR. 473 course here at Humboldt State. Then the hiring process into becoming the intern, is to have a creative job description about what the intern plans to do with the job and then submit their resume to Plant Ops. Nathan Chase says, on a day to day basis, he had to sort out raw data and understand how to navigate a computer. To qualify for the internship position, Nathan must have these skills prior to the position such as;<br>
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*Building retrofits
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*Programing background
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*Energy Retrofits
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=== Current Intern ===
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The internship position is currently filled by Nathan Chase, an HSU student here on campus. Right now, Nathan is in the progress of developing a program that uses the data presented by the EMS, and transferring the data into a readable excel spreadsheet. During this progress, Nathan encountered a problem with accessing files held by the HSU Plant Operations <ref> http://www.humboldt.edu/~plantops</ref> in which all the information was kept locked under the main server. Once completed with the program, the data will be more accessible to viewers in need of this information.
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With Nathan's continued effort to sort out the raw data, there is no tangible data available to the public to view. As of yet, there has been no reduction in energy usage or comparisons, due to the fact that the data has yet to be compiled and analyzed.
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== References ==
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<references />  
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Image Sources:<br>
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1)Peter Johnstone <br>
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2)Nathan Gates <br>
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3)Peter Johnstone <br>
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[[Category:Humboldt_Energy_Independence_Fund]]
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[[Category:Engr115_Intro_to_Engineering]]
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[[Category:Energy conservation]]

Latest revision as of 01:19, 6 February 2010

1)ENGR 473 students investigate the air handling units for the Natural Resources Building in preparation for a full scale energy audit and energy retrofit modeling project. (spring 2009)

Background[edit]

The Energy Monitoring station at Humboldt State University (HSU)[1] in California , started in December 2008 where one of the many projects under the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)[2]. This on-going project is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was created after a program that was similar to UC Davis'[3] energy monitoring system, where their information is about specific building energy usage. This information has a variety of uses which may result in less electricity use by Humboldt State University. Previously the information was thought that the electric and gas meters installed throughout the campus were not monitored by any outside sources. With the proposal of this project, it turns out that the information was collectively stored within the meters without anyone knowing this fact. However the information was kept in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.

Possible Benefits of Accessible Data[edit]

2)Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through


Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data:[4]

  • developing baseline energy consumption estimates across campus
  • identifying candidate buildings in need of more detailed evaluation
  • prioritizing energy efficiency projects by their relative impact on energy use
  • providing critical quantitative inputs for future HEIF proposals
  • monitoring and quantitatively assessing the impact of energy efficiency retrofits and
  • outreach programs funded by HEIF
  • educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation
  • planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations

The flowchart on the right shows where the information goes before it gets compiled.


The Internship[edit]

3)Nathan Chase checks the output of a blower door test in ENGR 473 Building Energy Analysis (spring 2009)

The primary goal of the intern is to collect and compile gas and electric data form various buildings on campus. Energy data is critical for HSU staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. This type of accumulation happens due to the fact that there is no set time in which it's collected, only when ever someone accesses the Energy Monitoring System(EMS). Students interested in the energy monitoring internship may be eligible for the hiring process and is not required to have set work hours. The student may complete their submission whenever the student has availability within their school schedule or other previous engagements.

Duties[edit]

The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting this data in an understandable form. The current intern, Nathan Chase, is not responsible for community outreach because the program, Green Campus, has more experience communicating to the community and educating students here on campus about energy efficiency. Green Campus[5] is a grass roots program that works to develop energy awareness amongst the community. One of the projects that HEIF is currently doing, is to raise energy awareness by having a building energy competition, to see which building is using the least amount of energy across campus. Some of the goals to which Nathan hopes to accomplish are;

  • Creating a new website for HEIF with a better design and layout.
  • Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.

Requirements[edit]

To be eligible for the Campus Energy Monitoring internship, the requirements are to attend Humboldt State University and have the technical qualifications by completing the ENGR. 473 course here at Humboldt State. Then the hiring process into becoming the intern, is to have a creative job description about what the intern plans to do with the job and then submit their resume to Plant Ops. Nathan Chase says, on a day to day basis, he had to sort out raw data and understand how to navigate a computer. To qualify for the internship position, Nathan must have these skills prior to the position such as;

  • Building retrofits
  • Programing background
  • Energy Retrofits



Current Intern[edit]

The internship position is currently filled by Nathan Chase, an HSU student here on campus. Right now, Nathan is in the progress of developing a program that uses the data presented by the EMS, and transferring the data into a readable excel spreadsheet. During this progress, Nathan encountered a problem with accessing files held by the HSU Plant Operations [6] in which all the information was kept locked under the main server. Once completed with the program, the data will be more accessible to viewers in need of this information.

With Nathan's continued effort to sort out the raw data, there is no tangible data available to the public to view. As of yet, there has been no reduction in energy usage or comparisons, due to the fact that the data has yet to be compiled and analyzed.

References[edit]

Image Sources:
1)Peter Johnstone
2)Nathan Gates
3)Peter Johnstone