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New lab spaces in Etcheverry Hall up and running

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We are pleased to announce that our new wet and mechanical lab spaces in 2117 and 2115 Etcheverry Hall are now up and running. For more information, make sure to have a look at our labs page.  

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Granular Radio EnErgy-sensing Node (GREEN)

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This device implements a mesh network. Conceivable applications include distributed environmental sensing, household monitoring and any other space where many small sensor nodes are required. The current use case being explored is circuit-breaker panel monitoring using GMR magnetic sensors to measure

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Non-Intrusive Testing of Underground Power Distribution Cables

Concentric Neutrals Project

Power distribution companies rely on miles of aging underground cables to distribute electricity with no cost-effective way of telling which are in danger of failing. One of the problems that can arise in these cables is the failure of current

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Self-Adaptive Energy Harvesting

Self-tuning resonant energy harvesting experimental set-up

Vibrational energy harvesting seeks to transform the energy in mechanical vibrations to useful electrical power to operate small electrical devices. Most vibrational harvesters rely upon the resonance of a structure excited by input vibrations to develop the large deformations necessary

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Automated installation of grid-scale photovoltaic modules

Going forward the balance of system cost for grid-scale photovoltaics (PV) is projected to be an increasing fraction of the total cost for PV that dominates the manufacturing cost of a panel.

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Battery-Replacement Scale Energy Harvesting From HVAC Flows

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Create an energy scavenging device that produces over 100 µW of power in air flows of 2-5 m/s. These operating conditions are characteristic of HVAC systems, and the power output would be sufficient to run a low-power wireless sensor node

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Demand Response

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Knowledge is power when it comes to saving electricity. Wireless Sensing of Circuit-Breaker Currents is a simple way to keep tabs on consumption, and take advantage of lower electricity prices when demand-response incentives kick in.

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Printed Zn/MnO2 Batteries with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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Advancements in manufacturing have allowed electronics to move from the rigid circuit board to flexible substrates. Novel inks are being made to print sensors and even energy harvesters. To support these devices and the systems they are a part of,

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Distributed Intelligent Automated Demand Response

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Distributed Intelligent Automated Demand Response (DIADR) is a proposed system to achieve aggregated control of building resources in order to lower power grid stress during times of peak electrical load.

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Vibration Energy Harvesting

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Machine Monitoring – Fully autonomous condition monitoring wireless sensor nodes powered by vibration energy harvesting. Monitoring valuable equipment eliminates unanticipated failures while enabling maintenance to be scheduled only when it is necessary. Thus, equipment utilization improves, and cascading events are

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Underground Power Distribution Monitoring

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Sensor-Based Cables for Underground Reliability of Electricity Infrastructures (SECURE) takes aim at a fundamental problem: utilities rely on miles of aging underground cables to distribute electricity, with no cost-effective way of telling which are in danger of failing.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Sensors

MEMS pressure sensor

New low-cost natural-gas pipeline sensors can be deployed widely to inspect the underground pipelines that convey and store natural gas, often within densely populated regions. More inspections and more data mean earlier warning of potential problems.

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Electric Power Sensing for Demand Response

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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)

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Dispenser Printed Thermoelectric Energy Generators

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Thermoelectric energy generators are attractive as potential energy harvesters for converting waste thermal energy into electrical power. Optimized thermoelectric device designs require large density arrays of high aspect ratio elements currently unachievable with common manufacturing technologies.

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Printed Supercapacitors with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

Stencil Printed Electrode

Supercapacitors are used in high power applications where the low current limitation of batteries is inadequate to meet the need of an electronic device. Either used in tandem with a battery to provide short bursts of high current, or as

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