Electric Power Sensing for Demand Response

Upcoming Smart Grid initiative necessitates the distribution of thousands of sensors to monitor the operation of the future U.S. power grid. Our group is developing small and inexpensive self-powered sensor modules that can be non-intrusively deployed (simply attached to equipment) throughout the grid (in residential/commercial, distribution and transmission circuits) to wirelessly monitor current, voltage, as well as other operational and diagnostic parameters.

The work being undertaken here focuses on the continued development of self-powered, MEMS piezoelectric proximity-based current sensors as part of the above framework.

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