Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Smart Grid, Termite-Inspired Materials Developed in the U.S.

Image credits:

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a framework to design new materials that mimic the fundamental principles concealed in nature’s growth patterns. The framework was inspired by the way termites construct their nests. The researchers demonstrated that it is possible to construct materials with programmable features by employing these criteria.

Chiara Daraio, the principal investigator, claims that although termites are only a few millimetres long, their nests can reach heights of up to four metres. The interior of a termite nest, she continued, is made up of a network of asymmetrical, interconnected structures like those seen inside a sponge or a loaf of bread; and it is deliberately designed for stability and ventilation.

Daraio thinks that by comprehending how a termite contributes to the construction of the nest, it may be possible to set straightforward guidelines for creating architectural materials with distinctive mechanical qualities.

Architected materials are foam-like or composite solids that serve as the building blocks for 3-D constructions that range in size from nano to micro. The field of architected materials has thus far mostly concentrated on periodic architectures, which are lattice structures made of repeated unit cells with consistent geometry, such as an octahedron or a cube.

The functionality and use of architectural materials have been constrained by the emphasis on organised structures. The algorithm, which Daraio and his team refer to as the “virtual growth programme,” mimics the emergence of termite nests or the organic growth of biological structures.

The virtual growth programme uses specific materials’ geometries, or building blocks, as well as adjacency rules for how those building blocks can attach to one another, as opposed to a grain of sand or a speck of dust.

Each construction block has a set restriction on its availability, simulating the scarce resources that termites would come across in the wild. The application creates an architecture on a grid using these limitations, and these structures can be converted into 2-D or 3-D physical models. The virtual growth programme tackles the undiscovered territory of disordered materials by modelling the construction of a termite’s nest rather than exactly recreating its design.

Caltech is attempting to change the old energy system of California by creating a “smart grid” – a flexible, responsive, efficient system that combines renewable energy sources while managing rising power demands.

Climate change is having an increasingly negative impact on California, from drought and water shortages to excessive temperatures. These difficulties underline the pressing need to switch to renewable energy sources like wind and solar from fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases. Hence, by 2045, California pledged to provide all its electric users with renewable and carbon-free energy.

Restructuring the power grid, the intricate web of hardware and software that delivers electricity to people’s doorsteps is an essential step in that shift. Caltech engineers, economists, mathematicians and computer scientists are developing and testing the foundations of tomorrow’s grid with assistance from public and commercial partners.

Their innovations range from the development of user-friendly hardware and algorithms that guarantee electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations draw power when it is accessible and affordable to the construction of novel economic frameworks that forbid market participants from manipulating energy pricing.

Based on the energy present on the grid, researchers have created mathematical methods that decide when to consume and when to preserve power. These methods address the issue of stabilising grid voltages despite fluctuating renewable energy supply. The distribution networks that transfer energy from larger substations to homes, businesses, streetlights, and other energy consumers in a region can adopt this new method.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.