The uLink is an innovative, low-cost, smart electrification technology that solves the challenges associated with electrification in the developing world.
More than 1.3 billion people in the world lack access to electricity. This results in hospitals that cannot provide adequate care, shops that must close early, and children whose education is affected.
We present the uLink: a low-cost smart technology that solves the challenges associated with electrification in the developing world. The uLink allows consumers to use various generating sources (or receive power from their neighbors) to efficiently power multiple electronic devices and can be connected to form a network. The uLink enables highly-scalable microgrids by seamlessly connecting individual power consumers to generators, creating an ad hoc marketplace for electricity.
Wardah Inam is currently pursuing a PhD in power electronics at MIT. Her research is focused on high efficiency power converters. She is developing scalable, modular and efficient power conversion technology for the smart box.
Daniel Strawser is a PhD student in Computer Science. Dan specializes in distributed control algorithms that correctly distribute and price electricity. Additionally, Dan holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering, where he specialized in product design, energy, and embedded systems.