A team of researchers at the University of Florida has developed a system powered by solar energy that uses artificial intelligence to ultimately decrease the cost of keeping essential home appliances or devices running through a power outage.
That kind of system would come in handy or even save lives during hurricanes and natural disasters when people can spend days — sometimes weeks — without power, in sweltering homes while food spoils in the fridge.
Ultimately, the system would provide, at a lower cost, energy resilience to hurricanes and natural disasters, which have become a more common issue in the face of climate change, said Prabir Barooah, Ph.D., a professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and one of the researchers on the team.
“Our energy infrastructure needs to be sustainable, and it is not at present,” Barooah said. “‘Smart’ is a way of achieving that sustainability. Without the ‘smart-ness,’ our energy infrastructure cannot handle renewable energy.”Learn more about UF Research Team Develops System That Could Provide Energy Resilience to Hurricanes, Natural Disasters.
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