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TitleClimaWin : an intelligent window for optimal ventilation and minimum thermal loss
Author(s)Pinto, Sandro
Castro, Tiago
Brito, Nuno
Gomes, Tiago Manuel Ribeiro
Tavares, Adriano
Mendes, José A.
Cabral, Jorge
KeywordsIntelligent window
Energy harvesting
Energy efficiency
Indoor air quality (IAQ)
energy arvesting
Issue dateMay-2013
Abstract(s)In this paper the ClimaWin concept is introduced. The ClimaWin project's main goals are to improve both indoor air quality and the energy efficiency of new and refurbished buildings, through the use of novel green smart windows. Generally, in order to improve windows' energy efficiency better insulation materials are used in windows frames and glasses. However, this approach leads to a severe deterioration of indoor air quality (IAQ) especially in buildings that are not equipped with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAQ) systems. The Climawin windows do not require wires neither for power nor for communications. The window is powered through a battery (for blind operation) and a solar panel, which makes it an ideal solution for retrofitting. In order to achieve the energy efficiency requirements, the Climawin system hardware, the microcontroller software architecture and the radio communication strategy were designed for low power consumption. Furthermore, all the information about the system status can be monitored and actuated using intuitive graphical applications developed for PCs and Android OS smartphones. A remote database keeps all the relevant information about the system, making it easy to detect any anomaly or even to adjust the control algorithm parameters from a remote location. A full-set of web services are also provided in order to simplify the communication with home automation systems.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CAlg - Artigos em livros de atas/Papers in proceedings

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