Thursday, January 30, 2014

AST begins work on the Integrated Thermal Hydronic Module

Ascent Systems Technologies (AST) received an Engage grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to work on the collaborative project with the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver with the purpose of developing an adaptive control system for Integrated Thermal Hydronic Module (ITHM). The project includes setting up a pilot system configuration at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at UBC.

The architecture of the system utilizes principles of modularity and scalability, and it is optimized using the ASPA predictive algorithm developed by AST with support from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
The system automatically maintains its parameters within the predetermined range while responding to the actual demand of energy by implementing an adaptive control algorithm with the real-time feedback loop. Some of the distinct features of ITHM are:
- The system needs very little power to operate, making it a perfect candidate for off-grid applications. 
- The system can be configured in a compact package such that it can be implemented on a mobile platform.
- The system can be scaled up for increased capacity by combining several modules in an array. 
- The system is digitally controlled with embedded network capability allowing for remote monitoring and data processing.

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