Quicker, Easier & Cheaper Modeling of Energy Use of Buildings

ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Autotune’ BEM Software

From an article that originally appeared on the Oak Ridge National Lab website, and was written by Katie Jones.

Learn more about BTO's Building Energy Modeling programORNL buildings researchers Sanyal and principal investigator Joshua New have developed automated, or “Autotune,” calibration software, which reduces the amount of time and expertise needed to optimize building parameters for cost and energy savings.

There are many ways to save energy in residential and commercial buildings.

There are products that use less energy for lighting, heating and cooling; materials that better insulate and seal building envelopes; and architectural and engineering designs that lower utility bills through efficient use of space and renewable energy.

In fact, experts specify up to 3,000 parameters when modeling a building’s energy use.

Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate energy use and guide the design of new buildings as well as energy improvements to existing buildings. Continue reading

EU Surface Temperature for All Corners of Earth (EUSTACE)

Screen Shot ETNOnline — A consortium led by the Met Office Hadley Centre will undertake a project called EUSTACE (EU Surface Temperature for All Corners of the Earth) within the EU Horizon2020 Framework programme.

Subject to signing of the Grant Agreement, this is expected to start in January 2015.

EUSTACE will attempt to produce globally complete daily analyses of surface air temperature since 1850. Continue reading

The World’s First Industrial Grade IR Pyrometer with Thermal Imaging Capabilities

Breakthrough device has IR video camera for heat-dependent manufacturing

Screen Shot ISR 6-TISANTA CLARA CA, USA  —   LumaSense Technologies, Inc.® added the integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced to their IMPAC pyrometer and imaging portfolio for increased control and optimization of manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other materials industries.

The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a true breakthrough, combining noncontact pyrometry with infrared imaging technology to produce “Relative” thermal images.

“Relative” thermal images are produced by measuring the temperature of the center spot with a ratio pyrometer and using an infrared filter to show an auto-calibrated thermal image based on the highly accurate ratio pyrometer temperature reading. Continue reading

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) User Workshop on Uncertainties

Venue: Met Office, Exeter, UK | Date: 18-20 November 2014

EarthTemp-LogoOnline  —  Inspired by discussions at the first EarthTemp Network meeting, there is planned  a discussion meeting on SST uncertainties.

SST Members hope that these discussions will also provide useful information for other types of surface temperature.

This workshop will be a two-way discussion between Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data providers and users and aims to create a common understanding of: Continue reading

OpenWeatherMap: Free weather data available to everybody

Data From Major Open Sources and ~40,000 others

Night Satellite View

Night Satellite View Image – Courtesy OpenWeatherMap

Online — OpenWeatherMap (OWM) provides an open API to current weather data and forecast free.

OpenWeatherMap technology is based on The Big Data idea. This is not a secret that the cost of the transaction and the cost of storing of large amounts of information are dropping with enormous pace.

Big Data is becoming available. This is the answer to the question of why OpenWeatherMap is free and open.

Their API will remain free because this is the main idea of the OpenWeatherMap service.

OWM’s API includes the following features:

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Xeneth Labview SDK intro package with Gobi-640

Xeneth LabVIEW SDK free with a Gobi-640 25 ?m

Gobi-640 LWIR camera

Gobi-640: High resolution uncooled thermal camera

Leuven, Belgium — The Gobi-640 is a smart, affordable uncooled microbolometer long wave infrared camera for thermal imaging, based on DSP-electronics and flexible TCP/IP interfacing in a very compact housing.

The Gobi-640 offers a high degree of flexibility in terms of frame rate, user interface and temperature range, enabling the user to adapt it to various industrial settings and tasks, covering the automotive industry at optimum operational conditions. Continue reading

Hubble reveals most detailed exoplanet weather map ever

ESA/Hubble WASP-43b NEWS

Exoplanet WASP-43b orbits its parent star

In this artist’s illustration the Jupiter-sized planet WASP-43b orbits its parent star in one of the closest orbits ever measured for an exoplanet of its size — with a year lasting just 19 hours.
The planet is tidally locked, meaning it keeps one hemisphere facing the star, just as the Moon keeps one face toward Earth.
The colour scale on the planet represents the temperature across its atmosphere. This is based on data from a recent study that mapped the temperature of WASP-43b in more detail than has been done for any other exoplanet

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Space Telescope  —  A team of scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere, and traced the amount of water it contains.

The planet targeted for both of the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b.

WASP-43b is a planet the size of Jupiter but with double the mass and an orbit much closer to its parent star than any planet in the Solar System.

It has one of the shortest years ever measured for an exoplanet of its size — lasting just 19 hours.

A team of astronomers working on two companion studies have now created detailed weather maps of WASP-43b.

One study mapped the temperature at different layers in the planet’s atmosphere, and the other traced the amount and distribution of water vapour within it — detail is shown in the video created by the team. Continue reading