Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Improving Energy Use as the Fairbanks North Star Borough Energy Management Intern.

Riley Troyer
Physics Dept, UAF



The cost of energy in Fairbanks, Alaska is extremely high. Electricity prices are nearly double the national average and the long, cold winters mean heating costs are expensive as well. Because of this, Fairbanks is an ideal place to implement strong energy efficiency measures. UAF, through the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), and the Fairbanks North Star Borough, have partnered to improve energy use in public buildings. As an intern for the Borough, but paid through ACEP, I have been a part of this collaboration. Using my technical expertise as a physics undergraduate I have been helping to create a framework for energy analysis and recommendations. This has included automating utility data entry, collecting and analyzing computer controlled building data and constructing thermodynamic models for heating and ventilation systems. I will discuss how and why we have been implementing these and go over some initial recommendations that provide an example of future benefits of this work.


Friday, 06 April 2018

Globe Room, Elvey Building