Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Biowall in Research Home"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
HVAC, Indoor Air Quality, Net Zero Energy Buildings
Project Description:
A biowall is an innovative plant-based filter for improving indoor air quality in residences. The biowall is moving towards commercialization and is being evaluated in a research home that is walking distance from the Knoy Hall of Technology. Work is also being conducted in the controlled environment of the Applied Energy Laboratory.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will collect data on the biowall performance at the research home on a daily basis and use this information to refine/improve the control algorithm for watering, lighting, and airflow. There is also an outreach component to this internship as there are numerous visitors who are interested in learning more about this technology.
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Desired Qualifications:
MET students with an interest in HVAC systems in buildings and net zero energy buildings
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hutzel, William
school of engineering technology

Student Supervisor

Bhargav Rajkhowa
graduate assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Mike Dana