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Reference Number EP/W025396/1
Title GENERATION: Self Powered IoT for People and Planet
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 10%;
Not Energy Related 65%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr M Carnie
No email address given
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 22 January 2023
End Date 21 January 2026
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £742,649
Industrial Sectors Energy; Environment
Region Wales
Programme Digital Economy : Digital Economy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Carnie , Engineering, Swansea University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor M Jones , Physics, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr D Sahoo , Physics, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr M Hyde , College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , brains4design (0.000%)
Project Contact , Age Cymru (0.000%)
Project Contact , Trameto Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zimmer and Peacock Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract Interconnected technologies, sometimes referred to as the internet-of-things (IoT) are now ubiquitous in society. The energy consumption of such devices is predicted to be over 1100 TWh yr-1 by 2025 and it has been recognised that smart solutions, such as energy harvesting, need to be developed, to make the operation of such devices more sustainable. Light, having the highest power density of any ambient energy source, can be exploited using photovoltaics, designed with specialist materials to extract as much energy as possible from ambient light sources. The rate of adoption of IoT technologies has been extraordinarily rapid. This favours affluent early adopters of such technologies but could leave certain marginalised and excluded groups (e.g. older persons and those in poverty) behind. GENERATION will assemble a multidisciplinary team of Materials Chemists, Electronic Engineers, Human Computer Interaction experts and Social Scientists, to design, build, and evaluate; sustainable, self-powered interactive technologies, specifically with older persons in mind, so that they are not excluded from the digital future, and not lost in the digital divide. The work will challenge the multidisciplinary team in new ways. Materials Scientists and Engineers rarely have the opportunity to consider first-hand, the social consequences of the technologies they develop, or how those technologies could benefit a marginalised population. Social Scientists and Human Computer Interaction experts will have the opportunity to design and evaluate, the most cutting edge of self-powered IoT technologies. The technologies will be developed via a series of community co-design workshops run with a diverse cohort of older people. The devices will be built by our team of engineers and scientists and will be evaluated in the Swansea University AWEN Institute Living Laboratory, a space dedicated to co-producing products, services and environments for an increasing older population, as well as in SPECIFIC-IKC's "buildings as power stations", buildings which generate and store their own energy. In addition to the inclusive, self-powered, digital technologies developed, our findings from the community co-design and evaluation workshops will be summarised in a report made freely available to third sector organisations and governmental and non-governmental bodies to inform and make recommendations on reducing the digital divide for an ageing population
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Added to Database 08/02/23