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Hold on to your electric vehicle seat; energy is going digital. When a technology goes digital, it changes everything. For starters, the rate of technology improvement takes a new slope—transitioning from glacially slow to exponentially fast. Think about online search and how it changed the way we find information, how social media changed the way we receive news, and how electronic books and e-readers changed the way we buy books. When a technology goes digital, words like “library,” “newspaper,” and “bookstore” start to sound like relics of the past.

 

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When an analog technology goes digital, it becomes an information technology—a software problem. The digital energy revolution is enabled by powerful software tools, ample computing power, secure Internet backbones, specialized embedded hardware systems, and one more thing—power electronics.

 

To read more specifics on how you will be impacted by this digital revolution in energy, check out this article>>>

Two important elements in a sustainable urban infrastructure are public transportation and green structures. Not only are they important, but they also help create sustainable living conditions for a

community. That’s why engineers at National University of Singapore created the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus stop (node) that was also user friendly for commuters.

 

Powering a zero-energy bus node that is self-sustainable requires electricity. The engineers needed to situate solar panels on the top of the bus node. To further the energy supply, they mounted the solar panels on a rotational base that causes the panels to adjust with the weather information received by a controller. Using the energy supply from the abundant sunlight created enough to power one entire bus node.

 

The next crucial element was creating a solar panel powered system. The engineers created a three-part system made up of sensors, actuators, and a controller. They used NI CompactRIO hardware and LabVIEW software to give the controller capabilities for obtaining up-to-date arrival times, current traffic conditions, and other navigation information for passengers right on-site.

The use of integrated NI hardware and software helped engineers create the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus node. This entire bus node is 100 percent self-sustainable in electricity consumption and Singapore now has a ready platform for energy control activities that will help create a more sustainable infrastructure in the future.

 

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>>Read about all the additional features of the bus node.