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Charles Xie
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Computational physicist, infrared thermographer, software architect and engineer, learning scientist, grant writer
Computational physicist, infrared thermographer, software architect and engineer, learning scientist, grant writer

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Video tutorial: solarize an imported building in Energy3D
We are pleased to announce that the solar panel and analysis tools in Energy3D (version 6.5.6 or higher) are now fully applicable to arbitrary imported structures. We hope that the new capabilities can help engineers who design rooftop solar systems and bui...

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Automatic remeshing in Energy3D for solar analysis
A headache in the simulation-based engineering or computer-aided engineering practices is that the incompatibility of the meshes used to create and render shapes (let's call them the drawing meshes ) and the meshes needed to simulate and analyze certain fun...

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Solar analysis of metropolitan areas using Energy3D
Fig. 1: Sunshine at Manhattan Energy3D can be used to analyze the solar radiation of houses, buildings, and solar power plants. This blog post shows that it can also be used to analyze the solar radiation in large urban areas (e.g., to study the effect of u...

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Importing and analyzing models created by other CAD software in Energy3D: Part 2
Fig.1: The Gherkin (London, UK) In Part I , I showed that Energy3D can import COLLADA models and perform some analyses. This part shows that Energy3D (Version 6.3.5 or higher) can conduct full-scale solar radiation analysis for imported models. This capabil...

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Importing and analyzing other CAD models in Energy3D
Fig. 1: Solarize a COLLADA model in Energy3D Fig.2: A house imported from SketchUp's 3D Warehouse Energy3D is a relatively simple CAD tool that specializes in building simulation and solar simulation. Its current support of architectural design is fine, but...

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Why is Israel building the world's tallest solar tower?
Fig. 1: Something tall in Negev desert (Credit: Inhabitat ) The Ashalim solar project (Figure 1) in the Negev desert of Israel will reportedly power 130,000 homes when it is completed in 2018. This large-scale project boasts the world’s tallest solar tower ...

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Designing on lot maps in Energy3D
Energy3D allows users to import an Earth View image from Google Maps and then design 3D structures on top of it. The image provides the reference frame and boundary lines for getting the geometry right. What if there is no Google Map image, or the Google Ma...

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Modeling the 6 MW solar farm at the Palmer Metropolitan Airfield in Massachusetts
Fig. 1 Aerial view of the PMA solar farm Fig. 2 The polygon tool for drawing land parcels The Palmer Metropolitan Airfield (PMA) solar farm (Figure 1) is the first and, at 6 MW, the largest Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources qualified brownfield p...

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Ten research papers that utilized Energy2D published in the past two years
Screenshots from recent papers that use Energy2D Energy2D simulation of fire Energy2D is a multiphysics simulation program that was created from scratch and is still under development (though its progress has slowed down significantly because my priority ha...
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