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Living off the grid: smart grids are current technology at its best

If that branch had tangled with a smart grid, the scene might have played out differently because smart grids have the ability to be “self-healing.”|Medium Read
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Most powerful millimeter-scale energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations

The researchers have built a complete system that integrates a high-quality energy-harvesting piezoelectric material with the circuitry that makes the power accessible.|Short Read
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Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible

This new technique could make solar power cheaper and, with improved materials, more efficient.|Short Read
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Connor Field — Growing energy on a solar farm

"Energy will be the major concern in the United States for my generation," Connor says. "Now is the time to research and invest in the technologies that will power our future."|Medium Read
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Zhengya Zhang receives NSF CAREER Award

The proposed research addresses the frontiers of error-correction coding and very-large-scale integration by advancing algorithms and circuit techniques.|Short Read
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Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

Moghaddam will oversee the design and fabrication of the AirMOSS instrument, a high-powered, low-frequency radar that NASA/JPL collaborators will build for the project.|Short Read
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Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

The system could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices. |Short Read
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Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

The energy-harvesting devices are highly efficient at providing renewable electrical power from arbitrary, non-periodic vibrations.|Medium Read
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Ford, U of M explore new ways to speed development of future hybrid vehicles

"The main goal of this project," explained Opila, "is to bring advanced methods to HEV and plug-in HEV design."|Short Read
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Prof. Hiskens receives stim money for wind energy

The grant is to be used to develop new techniques for assessing the impact of wind generation on power system voltage control and transient stability. |Short Read
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Prof. Hiskens named Vennema Professor

This professorship recognizes Hiskens' excellent teaching, service, and research in the area of nonlinear (hybrid) systems. |Medium Read
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Microsystems research for energy scavenging and power generation

The research has applications in health care, environmental monitoring, security, energy conservation and exploration, and more.|Short Read