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Lack of access to electricity is one indicator of energy poverty.

In order to combat energy poverty in low-income households, alongside classical social policy measures, it makes sense to consider this target group more strongly in energy efficiency policy. If the ambitious energy and climate targets in Europe are to be met, it is essential that all end-users save energy. Commissioned by the European Parliament, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, SQ Consult and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have put forward proposals for how to better integrate low-income households in current energy efficiency policy.

Markus Hill (right), research assistantand, and textile producer Thomas Lindner check the sensors in the smart sock. Wolfgang Schmidt

Researchers of the Chemnitz University of Technology develop tough electronic for sport and medical science. Often, a one-sided weight loading is the reason for hurting feet. But only few notice while walking. That is where the “Smart Sock”, developed by the Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology of the Chemnitz University of Technology and in cooperation with the textile producer Lindner from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, starts: “The at the University developed electronic of the sock measures the pressure distribution and acceleration on the foot. This way, conclusions from parameters such as one-sided weight loading can be drawn”, Prof. Dr. Stephan Odenwald explains.

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