Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Building up ‘smart wire technology’ for the future

The Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman (EEEI-UPD) targets the development of“smart wire technology” as a platform for enabling innovative smart grids of the future.

The SmartWire program, supported by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD), aims to develop the underlying hardware and software elements that will implement a fully integrated sensor node that can be embedded in electric transmission and distribution power lines. Such sensor nodes will feature (1) energy harvesting, (2) data acquisition and signal conditioning, (3) communications capability, (4) computation and control for node management, communication and data processing, and (5) an energy efficient network protocol for accessing sensor data.

“These elements are intended to form a large-scale sensor network that enables the creation of an intelligent power grid – leading to an efficient, reliable and robust cyber-physical infrasturcture that provides quality service to consumers and end users,” the project team says. “The system is also envisioned to be able to reliably integrate intermittent renewable energy sources into the power grid and to eventually lower the cost of electricity.”

The SmartWire program is funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) and the University of the Philippines Diliman. For more information, please contact the Program Leader, Dr. Louis P. Alarcon of the Microelectronics Laboratory of the EEEI-UPD.