The Future of Demand Response Technologies

sooften,wegetaheadofourselvesasaconsumingpublic,especiallywhenitcomestotechnologicalinnovation. takepowergenerationandsmart-gridmanagement.weknowthatelectronicsdriveenormousefficiencygainsonthegrid.afterall,oursmartphonescanguideustosomeplacewe'veneverbeen,sowhynotimmediatelyoptimizeallourhomeappliancestohelpbalancethegridload? easiersaidthandoneatthispointintime,whichiswhyresearcherslikeucla'srajitgadharebusyintheirlabs. “thegridalreadyhasalotofsmartsinthesensethatit'sveryreliablewhenapartofthegridbreaksdown”–itcomesbackveryquickly,gadhsays.”whatwedon'thaveistheabilityfortheconsumertoparticipateinthesetypesofprograms.” gadh'sresearchlooksinto”automatic”demandresponse,inwhichtheconsumerhassignedontolettheutility,inessence,managethehousehold'senergyuseduringpeakdemandtimes. gadhwalkedusthroughhislabandtalkedabouthisresearchandaprogramatuclatoinstallsomeofthetechnologyinthedormstotestitout. [replacedtest15]src=”https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid597187980001?bckey=aq~~,aaaaaf20n-g~,cf5jswuzosvv1ltppzty9gohrgsreojh&bclid=0&bctid=2160297454001″width=”500″height=”281″> thisarticleoriginallyappearedindriveforinnovation.

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Looking for a way to make your supply chain more efficient? You might want to consider reusable packaging. Reusable packaging includes pallets, racks, bulk containers, bins, dollies, handheld containers, and dunnage typically made from durable materials such as plastic, wood, and metal. Traditional packaging solutions are designed for one-time use, but reusable packaging can withstand…

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