MIT and thermal imaging

MIT and thermal imaging


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program, 30 percent of the energy used in buildings is unnecessarily used! It's a good thing that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed this cool thermal imaging system to capture a building's energy loss.

Based on the SmartPlanet.com article, MIT's thermal imaging system, "promises to streamline the process of energy audits, allowing for thermal scans of large groups of buildings and entire cities."

So, how does it work?

  • First, the team photographs buildings with the system, which captures high-resolution, long wave infrared images using an inexpensive, low-resolution camera.
  • The “secret sauce” is a cost-reducing thermal imaging technology called “Kinetic Super Resolution,” which uses a computer to combine multiple images taken with an inexpensive low-resolution IR camera to produce a high-resolution mosaic image.
  • Software translates those images into an estimate of the costs of making improvements, and the return-on-investment that would be achieved by doing so. (At the researchers’ disposal: a database from Green Guild.)

Watch the video - above - to see, first-hand, how this awesome piece of technology works. Just don't forget to read the entire article here.

Think we can borrow MIT's thermal imaging system for a few of your comprehensive home energy assessments?

#HappyHumpDay folks!

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