Sep 262010
 
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The U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) is working on the design of a system that controls electrical flow for lighting, a highly efficient platform that may spark a new era of power savings.

Designed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology and fine-tuned by researchers at MERSTech in partnership with the ONR Global’s office in Tokyo, the Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch (MERS) harnesses and recycles residual magnetic power that is produced by electrical current. By using a device that controls the flow of electricity, light bulbs can now maximize their potential. The proposal for the expanded experiment is scheduled for completion in October.

Dr. Chandra Curtis, program officer in ONR Global’s Tokyo office, said she is excited about the potential for mass consumption savings.

“We initially started by helping [MERSTech and the Tokyo Institute of Technology] optimize the development and assess the potential of the technology,” Curtis said. “Now, we are looking for ways to demonstrate our commitment of energy savings to the Japanese government.”

This technology directly aligns with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ goals for the Department of the Navy, which were set at the 2009 Naval Energy Forum. Aside from utilizing renewable power sources for at least half of the shore-based energy on Navy bases, Mabus iterated a goal to ensure that at least 40 percent of the Navy’s total energy consumption comes from alternative sources by 2020.

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