Energy harvesting technology for mesh radio networks

Cooper Power Systems introduces EH Repeater for enhancing smart grid mesh radio networks.

Waukesha, Wis., June 24, 2010—Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries, plc (NYSE: CBE), introduces the EH Repeater for enhancing smart grid mesh radio networks. This is one of several products that leverage Cooper’s proprietary EH Power Supply technology, a family of energy-harvesting products that can be used to power a variety of radios and sensors.

The Repeater integrates Cooper Power’s EH Power Supply and a radio into one integrated unit designed to improve a utility’s radio coverage, mesh-network density and communications reliability. The Repeater can be installed in less than 20 minutes with the use of a hot stick or glove and without the constraint of a 120-240 Vac power source. The Repeater’s integrated design harvests energy from the electro-magnetic field around existing power conductors, eliminating the need for secondary power sources and their associated spare parts inventories.

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