Better Sensors in Buildings to Decrease Energy Consumption

by Niti Nagar

Buildings account for about 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) predict advanced sensors and control have the potential to reduce the energy consumption by 20–30 percent. To develop low-cost wireless sensors, ORNL researchers are experimenting with additive roll-to-roll manufacturing techniques. Roll-to-roll is a technology still is development that allows electronics components like circuits, sensors, antennae, and photovoltaic cells and batteries to be printed on flexible plastic. Continue reading