Smart charging technologies for portable electronic devices

Hild, S., Leavey, S. , Graf, C. and Sorazu, B. (2014) Smart charging technologies for portable electronic devices. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 5(1), pp. 328-336. (doi: 10.1109/TSG.2013.2281853)

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In this article we describe our efforts of extending demand-side control concepts to the application in portable electronic devices, such as laptop computers, mobile phones and tablet computers. As these devices feature built-in energy storage (in the form of batteries) and the ability to run complex control routines, they are well-suited for the implementation of smart charging concepts. We developed simple hardware and software based prototypes of smart charging controllers for a laptop computer that steer the charging process depending on the frequency of the electricity grid and in case of the software implementation also based on the battery charge status. If similar techniques are incorporated into millions of devices in UK households, this can contribute significantly to the stability of the electricity grid, help to mitigate the short-term power production fluctuations from renewable energy sources and avoid the high cost of building and maintaining conventional power plants as standby reserve.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hild, Professor Stefan and Sorazu Lucio, Dr Borja and Leavey, Mr Sean and Graef, Dr Christian
Authors: Hild, S., Leavey, S., Graf, C., and Sorazu, B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN (Online):1949-3061
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 5(1):328-336
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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