Research on Energy Efficiency and Environmental Systems is focused on improving the efficiency of energy systems as well as rational design of indoor environmental systems.
Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems: research in this area includes measurement, modeling, and control of built environment. Experiments and modeling studies are conducted on the transport of energy, gaseous and particulate matter in indoor environmental systems, ranging from microenvironments to large buildings comprising many sub environmental systems. Reduced order models of the interaction among these environmental scales in order to enable system optimization and control. Improvement of personal micro-environment is another area of active research, involving experiments, simulations, design and control of personal ventilation systems. Research has also demonstrated the combined use of aerodynamically shaped high-rise buildings, wind and pressure modulation to generate conducive naturally ventilated indoor environments.
Green infrastructure: In addition to improving air quality and human comfort, research on green infrastructure also seeks to improve the energy efficiency in built environments. One area of focus is Green Data Center, where the energy efficiency of high density data centers is substantially increased through rational design and control of coupled energy supply and cooling systems.
Efficiency of energy systems: Research in this area is focused on in-depth thermodynamic analysis of energy systems, with the aim of identifying energy losses. This approach has been applied by the DoE funded Syracuse Industrial Assessment Center to enable manufacturing companies to reduce energy costs through cost-free energy audits.