14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

By Amelia Hennighausen and Eric Roston - 2013-08-19T12:01:13Z

Photographs by Temmuz Can Arsiray; Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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Hive Mind Manages the Grid

Bees are more than busy; they’re nimble, too. Despite their limited brainpower, individuals can sense what job the colony needs done and set at it instinctively. A problem with complex human infrastructure, such as the electrical grid, is that its various parts don’t talk to each other. Grid components don’t monitor the whole grid.

Regen Energy turns a company’s uncommunicative power-sucking appliances and machines into a network, able to balance loads during pricey peak-power periods when electricity is expensive, or worse, unreliable. The company provides controllers that communicate wirelessly with each other to maximize efficiency, keeping every bee in the hive in sync.

A Dumb Question about biomimicry.

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