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Power line communication is becoming important as a leading technology in Smart Grid applications. This paper presents a new system to reduce the power consumption of the power line modems, implementing a zero-power stand-by feature. The incoming wake-up signal is as simple as a PLC frame and its associated energy is used to supply the wake-up logic. The(More)
Going low power and having a low or neutral impact on the environment is key for embedded systems, as pervasive and wearable consumer electronics is growing. In this paper, we present a self-sustaining, ultra-low power device, supplied by a Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell (PMFC) and capable of smart sensing and long-range communication. The use of a PMFC as a(More)
The penetration of various types of renewable sources and on-site storage devices have recently focused attention towards DC power distribution in consumer grids to achieve the target of zero/positive energy buildings and communities. To achieve this target, the most important component is the DC consumer grid architecture which can integrate not only(More)
One of the main challenges of the smart grid applications is relying on efficient communication infrastructure and service. Important applications, such as smart lighting, use Power line communication (PLC) on the pre-existing infrastructure. Nevertheless, this protocol is not energy efficient when communication is sporadic. In this paper, we propose a(More)
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