Cut Down Energy Loss with Essess’s Infrared Technology

by Abigail Wang

In an age where most people strive to make our environment greener, it’s hard to know exactly what to do to be energy efficient. Essess, a start-up developed at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes to alleviate this issue by working with the United States government and utilities companies to cut down on energy loss with infrared technology.Co-founded in 2011 by Vinny Olmstead and Sanjay Sarma, a professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Essess deploys cars that have thermal-imaging rooftop rigs that create heat maps of homes and buildings. This technology detects fixable leaks in places like windows, doors, and walls to point out where home and business owners are losing the most energy. The rigs have long-wave infrared and near-infrared radiometric cameras that capture heat signatures. In order to separate buildings from natural surroundings, a LiDAR system, which is technology used to create high-resolution maps, captures 3D images. Continue reading