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Design and Automation of a Zero-Energy Model House (ZEH)

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Energy Conservation and Conversions for Green Buildings

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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24.361.1 - 24.361.13



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Jimmy Antoine Chahine


Minh Nguyen Ha Forum Energy Technology

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Graduated from UHD in 2011.
Currently working as Electrical Engineer at Forum Energy Technology.
Office number: (713)329-8234.

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Vong Hem Lectrus Corporation - Applications Engineer

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Vong Hem is currently an Applications Engineer at Lectrus Corporation an electrical manufacturing company. His roles include developing electrical solutions for MV/LV electrical equipment and account management.
He earned his BS degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Houston-Downtown.

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Vassilios Tzouanas University of Houston, Downtown

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Vassilios Tzouanas is an Assistant Professor of Control and Instrumentation in the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Tzouanas earned a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University, the Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from the University of Alberta, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from Lehigh University. His research interests focus on process control systems, process modeling and simulation, and renewable energy systems. His professional experience includes management and technical positions with chemicals, refining, and consulting companies. He is a member of AIChE and ASEE.

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DESIGN AND AUTOMATION OF A ZERO ENERGY HOUSE (ZEH) MODELDue to the rising energy prices, green-house effects, and environmental concerns, there has beena lot of emphasis on using alternative, renewable energy sources. This paper is concerned withthe use of solar energy to meet the energy needs of a house model and automate the distributionand use of the collected energy, in the form of electricity, by using photovoltaic panels. Thisexperimental study discusses the design of the photovoltaic system, for a small scale modelhouse, along with its associated instrumentation, real time data acquisition and automationstrategies using LAB View. The study clearly shows that house energy requirements can be metusing renewable energy sources and that the goal of a zero energy house is attainable in manylocations.

Chahine, J. A., & Ha, M. N., & Hem, V., & Tzouanas, V. (2014, June), Design and Automation of a Zero-Energy Model House (ZEH) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20252

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