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Not only can wearable devices use vibration energy to charge their own batteries, but they could one day have a big impact on our communities. That’s the conclusion reached by a group of international researchers experimenting with kinetic energy harvesting. The group – comprised of researchers from the University of ...

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Big data generally leads to more intelligence, which leads to greater efficiencies. But when it comes to energy, big data threatens to reverse everything the modern smart grid stands for, according to researchers who spent the last several years studying big data energy consumption around the world. The relationship...

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Buildings may be becoming “smarter,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re saving energy. In fact, according to a recent study, smart buildings could actually have little to no effect on energy consumption because – despite technology advancements – human habits die hard. Unlike previous research that has tested energy...

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Energy efficiency has long been touted as one of the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). Thanks to greater connectivity between devices, data analytics can lead to less waste and equipment can power down when it’s not needed. But what if the actual infrastructure that makes up the IoT—the...

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Researchers have created an algorithm that is showing to be 5 to 10 percent more accurate at forecasting wind speeds – potentially a key development for energy companies struggling with how to improve the reliability of, and justify investing in, wind power. The new data is a result of testing...

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Is it really possible to measure “robustness?” If initial results from a recent simulation are any indication, it may not be as far-fetched as some may think, and it could have significant implications for electrical power grids. A team of researchers recently completed simulations for a computational tool that...

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Can a car battery that “gives back” to the grid help spur a greater adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)? Or lead to more urban development? Those are some of the possibilities to consider as a team of researchers at Bilecik University in Turkey continues to work on commercializing a...

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Nothing takes the excitement out of a new gadget like having to charge it multiple times a day. As consumer electronics manufacturers search for ways to ease the drain on device batteries, a new article published in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices details a new method that will help lead...

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It’s one thing to generate power using solar energy – it’s another to put that power to use in an actual power grid. That’s one of the key problems photovoltaic (PV) experts have struggled with for years as they work to bring energy generated by solar panels further into the...

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Despite advancements in wireless devices, consumers still rely on cords, cables and replaceable batteries to fuel them. Recent advancements in wireless power show promise of eliminating cords altogether, but one article published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics shows promise of making this technology a quicker reality for every-day consumers....

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