2017 ~ Present

Open Power Quality (OPQ)

Goals

Design, fabrication, and implementation of both hardware and software for distributed, crowd-source power quality monitoring and analysis to support distributed renewable energy.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Our group is researching ways to geometrically reconfigure liquid-metal elements to enable reconfigurable electronics. Liquid metals can reflow to form conductive elements of varying shapes and sizes, resulting in the tuning of circuits. Microfabricated fluidic technology (microfluidics) provides precise control of small liquid volumes; we can use this to make reconfigurable electronics. Our aim is to make the tuning of electronic devices as straightforward as drawing patterns on an Etch-A-Sketch toy. Thus far, we have used liquid metals to implement antennas and filters that can be tuned to different frequencies, and tunable matching networks that can be used to efficiently couple RF components.

Methods and Technologies

  • sustainability
  • power quality
  • web application design
  • big data

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Information and Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Interest in hardware designs for power quality, web application design, big data analytics.

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