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UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

With major funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Gadh and his team from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are using the UCLA campus — in particular, Boelter Hall and the Engineering IV and V buildings — as an experimental lab to observe how wireless sensing and control systems can help create the smart grid. They are retrofitting these structures with cutting-edge sensors and smart meters that can, for example, gauge and adjust the amount of power needed in a room at a particular time of day and control appliances, lights, and heating and air-conditioning systems depending on energy pricing or power availability on the grid.