The European Union is taking a serious stab at vampire energy loss (the energy leaked by most electronics when they are not in use or performing their primary function) through a recently announced $5.5 million dollar research project, per a recent IBM press release and related CNET article.
Project Steeper, a collaboration between IBM and other top energy researchers, focuses on the transistors that often leak electricity and contribute to the global epidemic known as vampire energy loss. It is actually a subset of parasitic loss, which is one of the three main components of vampire energy loss as defined by Vampire Labs.
The project is slated out for 3 years with a deliverable of “creating semiconductors that have a more abrupt switch between the on and off state than the metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (more commonly referred to as CMOS technology) used since the 1970′s. These devices would have a steep slope between on/off transitions, which gives the project its name, and would lower the leakage of charge in transistors.” As CMOS transistor scaling continues into deep submicron nodes beyond 22nm, leakage power is expected to waste as much as 80% of the total power consumed by an integrated circuit such as a modern microprocessor.
According to top energy researchers, Lawrence Berkley National Lab, vampire energy loss is responsible for around 10% of an average US household’s annual energy bill. Our research indicates that this is relatively dated information, pertinent a few years ago, with the actual range of wasted energy at around 15% today and growing. According to IBM, one year of vampire energy loss in Europe is equivalent “to the electricity consumption of Austria, Czech Republic, and Portugal in one year” combined.
A project of this scope involving topnotch researchers and funded by large governmental bodies is welcomed news. Its promise of new transistors and semiconductor designs will greatly impact world energy use while not changing consumer behavior. Their plan is to implement this at the original equipment manufacturer level, something Vampire Labs has been innovating, developing, and advocating for years with our focus on totally eliminating vampire energy loss.
The impact of Project Steeper could potentially be powerful, but it’s a long term solution with a projected deliverable within 6-10 years. In the interim, consumers, corporations, manufacturers, and governmental bodies should look at existing vampire energy slaying technologies and how they can immediately be leveraged to combat this pervasive and global energy parasite. Visit Vampire Labs’ Technology page to learn more about what’s available today.