Medal of Honor Goes to Power Semiconductor pioneer Baliga

Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor “for the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.” While a researcher in the…

Solar powered window blinds

  When you combine the words “blind” and “light,” you get Blight. Well, some people do, and some of those people happen to be inventor luminaries whose primary concern is making the world a greener,…

Demand response is not just for emergencies

The promise of demand response goes beyond hot summer days. It’s been a tough winter. The polar vortex hit the grid hard, and the nation’s electric utilities faced high demand, extended outages, and disgruntled customers….

Smart buildings to grow rapidly through 2017

After several years of slower than anticipate growth, the smart buildings technology market is expected to grow rapidly as there is increasingly broad market awareness of the business values generated by deploying smart building solutions,…

Nanogrids are big business

Because of their simplicity, the technology requirements of nanogrids are less complex, in most cases, than those for either microgrids or the smart grid, according to Navigant Research. Nanogrids face less technical and regulatory barriers…

NA utilities looking to cellular network for smart grid

In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in public cellular networks for smart grid communications, which is slowly gaining acceptance and momentum across the world, becoming as common as power line communications…

Smart Sensors

This article is part of the March 2014 special report on the Internet of Things, a network of items—each embedded with sensors—which are connected to the Internet. Sensors, actuators, and RFID tags have been around…