004 - the Technology Interface Journal/Fall 2009 Furbeck...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
the Technology Interface Journal/Fall 2009 Furbeck and Richardson Volume 10 No. 1 ISSN# 1523-9926 http://technologyinterface.nmsu.edu/Fall09/ Going Green through Capstone Senior Design: Creating an Energy Saving System Rachel Furbeck, Senior Design Student Jeffrey J. Richardson, Assistant Professor ECET Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA Abstract: Phantom loads are created when electronic devices are turned off, yet still consume power. To reduce the phantom loads present in a typical household, a system was designed as part of a capstone senior design course to effectively unplug electronic devices in hard to reach areas such as under computer desk and behind entertainment centers. The device utilizes a central control panel to control outlets throughout the residence. The project relies on wireless data to simplify the installation of the project. I. Introduction Despite being turned off, many appliances are in fact still using power. According to American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), an average household consumes 67 Watts of standby power [1]. Standby power is commonly referred to as a phantom load. It is considered “green” to unplug these types of devices to conserve energy. However, many devices are plugged into outlets that are not easily reached such as home entertainment equipment or home office computer equipment where the outlet is located behind an entertainment center or behind a computer desk. A system was created as part of a capstone senior design project course that will effectively unplug these types of devices using a centrally located control panel within the household. In order to simplify the installation of the system, a wireless communication protocol is implemented between the control panel and each controllable outlet. The controllable outlet is a module that plugs into a standard home outlet that provides a mechanism to effectively “unplug” any device at the user’s command. II. Literature and Market Survey There are several existing products on the market today that can effectively accomplish the same task, but may require a personal computer in order to utilize them. One prominent existing technology is X10 [2]. Another relatively new product is a system called the Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem and is available from Tendril Networking. The system allows the homeowner to monitor and control appliances and outlets throughout the home giving the ability to monitor energy consumption and
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
the Technology Interface Journal/Fall 2009 Furbeck and Richardson Volume 10 No. 1 ISSN# 1523-9926 http://technologyinterface.nmsu.edu/Fall09/ conserve energy. The system is also able to communicate with the utility company to monitor power loads creating a situation where it may be possibly adjust power generation based on actual demand [3].
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 15

004 - the Technology Interface Journal/Fall 2009 Furbeck...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online