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The adoption of smart grid systems has been accelerating around the world, with many pilot projects initiated throughout the developed world. However, there has been a lack of studies quantifying appliance level economic benefits that are available to the end consumers. Through coupling historical market information with an agent based residential load(More)
In this paper, a miniature nonholonomic spherical rolling robot capable of navigating over two dimensional surfaces is described. This 55 gram spherical robot consists of a 6 cm diameter external spherical shell driven by an internal two-wheeled differential drive cart. A gravity powered pendulum effect is produced as the internal device climbs up the(More)
As part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) energy efficiency in building project, the authors have been involved in modelling various technology options for different building market segments to reach net-zero energy goal. This paper describes the modelling of single-family residence in US southeast as a case-in-point to(More)
This thesis examines the issues surrounding the problem of supplying low volume unique or specialty products to meet niche market demands. The specific focus of this thesis is on a low volume niche auto, an electric derivative of a high volume gas-powered vehicle, and how to produce it in a high volume assembly plant. The thesis looks at the strategic(More)