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The Future of Demand Response Technologies

sooften,wegetaheadofourselvesasaconsumingpublic,especiallywhenitcomestotechnologicalinnovation.

takepowergenerationandsmart-gridmanagement.weknowthatelectronicsdriveenormousefficiencygainsonthegrid.afterall,oursmartphonescanguideustosomeplacewe'veneverbeen,sowhynotimmediatelyoptimizeallourhomeappliancestohelpbalancethegridload?

easiersaidthandoneatthispointintime,whichiswhyresearcherslikeucla'srajitgadharebusyintheirlabs.

gadhisdirectoroftheuclasmartgridenergyresearchcenterinwestwood,calif.,whichperformsresearchinto,anddemonstrates,advancedwireless/communications,internet,andsense-and-controltechnologiesinthesmartgridcontext.

“thegridalreadyhasalotofsmartsinthesensethatit'sveryreliablewhenapartofthegridbreaksdown”–itcomesbackveryquickly,gadhsays.”whatwedon'thaveistheabilityfortheconsumertoparticipateinthesetypesofprograms.”

gadh'sresearchlooksinto”automatic”demandresponse,inwhichtheconsumerhassignedontolettheutility,inessence,managethehousehold'senergyuseduringpeakdemandtimes.

gadhwalkedusthroughhislabandtalkedabouthisresearchandaprogramatuclatoinstallsomeofthetechnologyinthedormstotestitout.

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thisarticleoriginallyappearedindriveforinnovation.

1 comment on “The Future of Demand Response Technologies

  1. FLYINGSCOT
    October 31, 2013

    I like the idea of smart energy consumption.  Anything that reduces our demand on energy can only be a good thing.  This will also open up a load of supply opportunities for us as the systems develop and mature into high volumes.

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