Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Consumer Technology

Standby Kill Chip: The End of Vampire Power?

tv

We’ve seen lots of tools recently to stop vampire power— the power used by electronics when they’re off and still plugged in— but the Standby Kill Chip may be the best. The chip is installed directly in electronics or power strips. It uses an algorithm that senses when an electronic device is in standby mode and shuts it off.

Of course, computer users who actually want their laptop to stay in standby mode might not appreciate this, but the chip’s inventors say their product works in any device featuring a standby mode— including cell phones, TVs, microwave ovens, and washing machines.

Best of all, appliances don’t need to go through start-up mode when they’re reactivated. When the “on” button is pressed, they go directly to standby.

The Standby Kill Chip is still in prototype mode, and is currently being tested by NH Hotels SA of Spain in 50,000 hotel rooms. If it works, you can bet I’ll have a bunch of these in my house.

Photo Credit: NREL

 
 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Comments

You May Also Like

Clean Power

Hothouse flowers no more: floating offshore wind developers are taking aim at triple-digit megawatt territory now.

Clean Power

The Canary Islands are bustling with tourists and cruise ships, but are desperate for renewables to replace diesel generators.

Bicycles

What follows is Part One of a story about a trip my wife and I took recently to Barcelona, Spain, and then home again...

Air Quality

Barcelona is prone to several climate change impacts that are common to the whole Mediterranean region.

Copyright © 2022 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.