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Challenge Individualization of Heating Costs in Multi-Occupant Buildings
Individualization of Heating Costs in Multi-Occupant Buildings
Award:  $20,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 488
Posted: Oct 17 2014
Challenge ID: 9933625
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Hot water heating systems have a couple of different models in residential building with multiple units. Laws demanding the separation of thermal energy costs for each individual unit make it very difficult to measure and comply with certain distribution systems. A new solution is desired to measure the thermal energy consumed of residential units with specific distribution systems. Details are given inside the Challenge. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Most Residential housing complexes use either a horizontal loop or ascending pipe model for multiple housing units hot water heating systems. It is very difficult to measure the total thermal energy used in a single unit using the ascending pipe model as each heater in a unit is supplied by a different pipe. We are searching for a better way to measure the total thermal energy used in a single unit than the current devices. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive rights cannot be transferred by the Solver.

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