About the research
Did you know that modern electrical devices such as the smartphone or electric cars are 'incompatible' with our current electricity grid? Those devices work on direct current (DC), while our electricity grid works on alternating current (AC). Therefore, you can't just plug your phone into the wall socket, you need a charger that converts one type of current (AC) to another (DC).
So aren't we better off switching to a DC power grid? It is not that simple, as it requires a completely different system and security. In her PhD, Leonie Hallemans (VITO - KU Leuven - Energyville) is researching a security system to make new DC grids as safe as our 'old' AC grid.