NODES: smart hyperlocal energy ecosystem
Energy flows via safe, directional EM packet transfer among nodes in walls, objects or devices.

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Unless we are talking low-wattage portables like cell phones, tablets, etc, electrical devices and their human users in 2018 are on a leash...tied to a power outlet...and to the miles of cables that are part of the grid. Over-the-air wireless transfer of energy using radio waves, i.e. in electromagnetic (EM) spectrum, is simply not enough to power high-wattage devices. Also, beaming energy in all directions is wasteful, and excessive EM waves may harm the health of humans, pets, etc.


As early as 2030, humans might free themselves from the leash of electrical wires. Just as 2018's internet data moves in packets from node to node, power (electrical energy) in 2030 shall be routed as bursts of EM waves over the air (no electrical wires needed). Given that significant amounts of energy shall thus move through the air, going to numerous low-wattage and high-wattage devices, machines, etc, we need a better/safer/healthier means of moving power from point A to point B to user C.


Hyperlocal power generation will use multiple technologies like solar, geothermal, vibration/pressure (including wind, acoustic, etc) and then route that power wirelessly via smart, self-configuring NODES to the points of use/storage. The nodes will be integrated into devices, machines. Nodes may be in prefabricated surfaces: walls, tiles, furniture, countertops, etc. Nodes may also be added to objects/devices later. Nodes "cross-talk" by piggybacking data on EM waves, and keep humans safe.

What makes your solution unique?

When Eva moved, her mom's 2015 old refrigerator moved with her. Eva puts a PLUG-IN node on the fridge's cord, so power can flow to it from other nodes. Cross-talk between nodes & home automation (e.g. occupancy detection) lets nodes send power via "best route" with human safety assured. See Slide 6.

How it works: Step 1

Dome design lets each node transmit power directionally to another node. Cross-talk and fast switching allow nodes to recruit others. These others can be FIXED nodes in immovable walls, etc, INBUILT nodes in appliances, furniture, countertops, etc, PLUG-INs, or power-GENERATOR-associated nodes.

How it works: Step 2

Various generation surfaces help each building harvest free renewable energy (solar, wind/road vibrations, noise, etc). Generator nodes send the power to indoor nodes or, if internal demand is low, to adjacent buildings. Streetlights use nodes and thus facilitate wireless sharing in neighborhoods.

How it works: Step 3

An inbuilt node in a countertop powers Eva's new coffeemaker. Her modern countertop is a responsive surface, able to detect the specs of any appliance placed on it and power it. A plug-in node keeps the older refrigerator operational (not junk!). Nodes choose paths that minimize Eva's EM exposure.

Describe how your solution works step by step:

Into the future with SMART NODES and SMART RESPONSIVE SURFACES! 1. Each node can connect to multiple peers or power multiple devices. Connections & paths are optimized using Innogy's software! 2. As nodes piggyback data transfer on energy transmission, act like a smart "swarm", interface with home automation and the IoT, the status of nodes must be tracked and protected in real time. Welcome to Innogy! 3. Planning new construction, or doing remodeling? Eva can choose from a RANGE of exterior and interior node-enabled surfaces. Innogy provides an energy generation and use audit to facilitate cost-effective choices, and can bring its expertise to bear for installations! 4. Even the best hyperlocal power systems need some redundancies for emergencies. Innogy shall maintain backup, on-demand generation as well as storage facilities. And since streetlights reach all roads and neighborhoods, Innogy can deliver power through high-bandwidth nodes installed on streetlight poles.