Tokyo Institute of Technology, MERSTech and the Office of Naval Research Global’s office in Tokyo have developed the Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch (MERS) harnesses and recycles residual magnetic power that is produced by electrical current. By using a device that controls the flow of electricity, light bulbs can now maximize their potential.
MERS technology significantly reduced lighting energy consumption. The Magnetic Energy Recovery Switch provided peak power saving of 39 percent. The device not only conserves electricity, but produces far less heat and produces less electromagnetic interference than conventional technologies.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2008 about 517 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity were used for lighting by the residential and commercial sectors. Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electricity use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.