Monday, September 27, 2010

New Magnetic Switch Can Save Electricity By Up To 39%

Researchers from Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global), MERSTech, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, say they have designed a switch that can recycle electric power. The switch called the Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch, can save 39% of electricity at peak power, according to recent tests.

Experiments with the switch have already been underway for about 3 months. It was installed at Tokyo's Hardy Barracks Installation and has proven itself to be of great help. Scientists tested it on fluorescent lights that require 24-hour power and proved that the Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch can do its job. And do it well.

“After the testing was complete, we learned that with the new device installed there was a peak power saving of 39 percent. The device not only conserves electricity, but produces far less heat and produces less electromagnetic interference than conventional technologies,” Said  Dr. Chandra Curtis, program officer at the ONR Global’s office, Tokyo.

By October of 2010, scientists plan to install the switch to the entire Tokyo Barracks. If approved.

At the end of the public release it states: "Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electricity use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

So if 20% of your energy bill comes from light bulbs and whatnot--that means you could potentially save 39% off of that with the Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch.  Sounds good to me!