Developing new sensing, monitoring and verification techniques for continuous improvement of the built environment
Dr Ben Potter
Dr Stefan Smith
One of the main issues of commercialized smart meters is to determine the level of granularity or sub-metering, that is, how much does total consumption need to be broken down to provide a meaningful understanding of where and how energy is used. More accuracy requires an increase in the number of sub-meters and, therefore, in the price of the whole installation.
The present project seeks to develop an algorithm run in Matlab integrating the feature parameters of the different appliances in both the time and frequency domains. The main aim is to extract the maximum amount of information from a single or a small number of measurement points, thus delivering detailed data of the energy use of the different appliances in a building with a reduced investment in infrastructure. So doing, it will contribute to a methodological advancement in the field of smart metering, as well as to develop a method that can be of interest in any application area seeking to take optimal actions based on data analysis.
I am currently doing an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in collaboration with the University of Reading and URS Infrastructure & Environment UK in the field of Smart Meter technology. The project applies the development of new sensing and data analysis technologies.
I hold a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Córdoba (Spain) and an MSc in "Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability" from the University of Reading. My MSc dissertation was an experimental work that assessed the energetic efficiency of a photovoltaic roof-system, it was awarded a mark of 80 and I have collaborated in the publication of a related article.
Apart from my academic background, I have relevant experience in the applied science and technology sector. I worked as a researcher of plasma processes at "Draka Communications" (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) in a project aimed at improving the performance of optic fibre, and I was employed at the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid, Spain) as a researcher on the project 'Saving Energy and Emission Reduction in Buildings'.
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Having studied my MSc at the School of Construction Management and Engineering, I became aware of the reputation of Reading University in academic research and the TSBE centre solving real-world problems within an industrial context. The Engineering Doctorate programme is a great opportunity to combine academic and industrial application tackling the issues of energy efficiency and carbon management.
- 2011- 2012 (UK) University of Reading, UK. MSc Renewable energy: Technology and sustainability
Dissertation: Impact of external conditions over the performance of the BIPV system of the Engineering building*
- 2008 - 2009 University of Córdoba, Spain. Teacher Training certificate in Physics Level: Upper Secondary
- 2004-2009 University of Córdoba, Spain* BSc (Hons) degree in Physics
*4 year degree plus 1 year in the specific area of Physics of Plasma University of Geneva, One-year awarded Erasmus scholarship
Article title: Assessing the performance of a building Integrated BP c-Si PV system
Journal title: Renewable Energy
Author: Dr. Emmanuel A. Essah; Ana Rodriguez-Arguelles; Neil Glover
Final version published online: 30-SEP-2014
Full bibliographic details: Renewable Energy (2015), pp. 36-45 DOI information: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.04.002
Essah, E., Glover, N. and Rodriguez Arguelles, A. (2013) Performance of a BP c-Si building Integrated PV system after 15years of installation. In: International Conference of SuDBE2013, 25-28 Oct 2013, Chongqing, China.