Wireless Internet Smart Grid Technology to Enable Green Energy

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Rajit Gadh, PhD, Founder and Director, WINMEC

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Modernization of the electrical grid in the United States into a next generation smart grid has become a national priority. WikiPedia describes a smart grid as follows “A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to save energy and cost. Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence or global warming issues. For example, if smart grid technologies made the United States grid 5% more efficient, it would equate to eliminating the fuel and greenhouse gas emissions from 53 million cars. The then President-elect; now President Barack Obama asked the United States Congress "to act without delay" to pass legislation that included doubling alternative energy production in the next three years and building a new electricity "smart grid".” The UCLA Smartgrid project proposes the development of wireless infrastructure to from the house to the grid via an architecture called WINSmartgrid (http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid). This Wireless Smartgrid project provides an enabling Wireless Internet Technology for achieving the goals of the electricity smart grid by allowing power consumption within households to be smoothened out, thereby resulting in a flatter demand curve and more efficient production. It is a low-power, low payload, optimized, wireless platform technology that allows electricity operated appliances such as plug-in automobile, washer, dryer, or, air conditioner to be wirelessly monitored, connected and controlled via a Smart Wireless hub called REWINS (http://winmec.ucla.edu/rewins). The WinSmartGrid technology connects home appliances to the WinSmartGrid web service that receives live feeds from utilities and external sources on information such as instantaneous price of power, future prices, etc., and sends control signals to the WinSmartGrid Edgeware controller which in turn dynamically controls various appliances in real time.

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