Future Homes will be Energy Self-Sufficient, Speaker to Contend at Upcoming IEEE Green Technologies Conference in Baton Rouge

Mar 22, 2011, 18:00 ET from IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Can you imagine the day your home produced all the energy it needed and didn't have to connect to the electric grid? Syracuse University Research Fellow Janet Marsden can.

Marsden, who's working towards her Ph.D. in the Syracuse School of Information Studies, will present her case during the third-annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference, 14-15 April 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.

"We have created a grid which is so complex that it is unmanageable," said Marsden on the 7 March radio program, "The Promise of Tomorrow" with Colonel Mason. "So because we have wireless architecture at this point, what we want to look at is a different way to approach the energy delivery problem."

Marsden foresees the day homes and businesses have their own solar, wind and geothermal power-producing technology, as well as batteries to store excess energy. She thinks the electric-vehicle battery technology being developed by automobile manufacturers will evolve into applications for buildings.

"You make the house itself a charging station and you do the load balancing by putting the batteries there," Marsden said. She added that because the U.S. electric grid is more than 100 years old, "we really need to look at what 21st century electrical generation needs to look like."

To listen to Marsden's interview, go to http://www.promiseoftomorrow.biz/bizradio/030711/030711.htm.

Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The IEEE Green Technologies Conference aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The conference is organized by IEEE Region 5 and the IEEE Baton Rouge Section. Sponsors include the Boeing Co., IEEE-USA, Louisiana State University, the city of Baton Rouge, Entergy, Kawasaki Rail Car and the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information and to register, see http://www.ieeegreentech.org. For the technical program schedule, go to http://www.ieeegreentech.org/TechConf/2011GreenConferenceProgram_3.13.11.pdf.

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