Energy energizes TECHCON 2011

From the Semiconductor Research Corp.’s Energy Research Initiative to student work on consumer privacy protection in the smart grid, energy was a major topic at this week’s TECHCON 2011. Check out this video coverage from the event on smart grids and leading-edge energy work.

September 16, 2011 — From Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Energy Research Initiative to student work on consumer privacy protection in the smart grid, energy was a major topic at this year’s TECHCON. Check out this video coverage from the event on smart grids and leading-edge energy work.

TECHCON is an annual meeting of students and industry involved in research that SRC supports. It was held in Austin, TX, September 12-13, with about 500 attendees.

SRC’s Robert Havemann discusses SRC’s Energy Research Initiative.

Havemann shares the overall goal of SRC’s Energy Research Initiative — energy security in the future — and points out that SRC is branching out from traditional semiconductor and nanotechnology research support. Papers at TECHCON 2011 also covered photovoltaics and the smart grid, including one from Cory Thoma, undergraduate research program student, Washington & Jefferson College, who summarizes his research in the next video.

Cory Thoma, undergraduate research program student, Washington & Jefferson College.

Thoma worked on SRC’s smart grid project, specifically focused on a privacy concern between power customers and the power company. The “zero knowledge” number sharing environment he developed protects user privacy but allows power usage comparisons, power usage averaging, etc. Thoma build different simulations with this number sharing system. His goal is to continue the work by creating an entire smart grid simulation.

See the full host of videos from SRC TECHCON 2011 here: http://www.electroiq.com/articles/sst/2011/09/live-from-src-techcon.html

Watch video interviews with the winners of SRC’s Aristotle and Technical Excellence Awards here: http://www.electroiq.com/articles/sst/2011/08/stanford-uc-berkeley-professors-win-src-awards.html

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