The increasing costs and environmental impact of electric power generation are changing the way we view power consumption. It is now far more important for customer loads to be flexible and effective in their power use and to better match their consumption to the availability and quality of power on the grid. These fundamental shifts in the electric power landscape are leading to tremendous business opportunities.
PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.
PARC’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.
Metamaterials (i.e., engineered electromagnetic structures), are poised to disrupt industries, create entirely new markets, and change society. The ability to design and fabricate materials with new functionalities opens the door to a new world of possibilities ¾it is now possible to realize Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and optical black holes, which we once thought was impossible. Beyond the realms of science fiction, metamaterials can be tailored to either augment the functionality of existing devices or create new devices with superior performances.