Google Inc. is making its largest bet yet on renewable energy, a $300 million investment to support at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop power plants.
Google is contributing to a SolarCity fund valued at $750 million, the largest ever created for residential solar, the San Mateo, California-based solar panel installer said Thursday in a statement.
via Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy – Bloomberg Business.
?Anyone who’s gone swimming on a windy day knows the power of the ocean’s waves. Yesterday, Australia marked the next step forward in harnessing that energy by switching on the world’s first large-scale wave energy power plant.
Though there are other small wave power devices that feed into commercial grids (like the Islay LIM?PET in the UK), Australia’s Perth Wave Energy Project is the largest grid-connected plant in the world and operates multiple wave energy devices.
via The First Wave Power Plant Is Officially Operational | Motherboard.
The growth of the Internet of Things spreads, and Canonical wants to ensure that Ubuntu is involved. To help with this, the company behind one of the most popular Linux distributions has announced partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon to help facilitate secure cloud infrastructures.
The two companies are to publish their IoT developer APIs on Ubuntu Core so they can be used by Snappy developers in services and apps. The aim is to avoid a market fragmentation, and the new partnerships lay the groundwork to help Ubuntu Core’s development deeper into the IoT.
via Canonical teams up with Amazon and Microsoft to push Ubuntu for IoT.
Earlier this week, Texas Instruments announced the availability of the SimpleLink modules for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, allowing makers of web-connected embedded and wearable devices to quickly add Wi-Fi connectivity. Launched in June last year, TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi platforms (CC3100 and CC3200) for IoT applications enables customers to simply and securely add embedded Wi-Fi to a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics using a phone or tablet application. While one version comes with a programmable ARM-based microcontroller, the other offers Wi-Fi only. Aiming to jump start WiFi development, the modules helps developers lower development costs, reduces time to market, and simplifies procurement and certification.
via TI Introduces New Modules To Enable Faster WiFi Connectivity For IoT Devices – Forbes.
Nearly five years ago, AlertMe was already looking beyond utilities to be a home energy platform provider to telecoms and other providers that might someday get into the connected home market.
In just half a decade, much has changed, and it was ultimately British Gas, a longtime strategic investor and commercial partner to the startup, that purchased AlertMe for a total of $100 million.
via British Gas Jumps Into Home Automation With AlertMe Acquisition : Greentech Media.
American chipmaker Broadcom is betting big on opportunities in the Internet of Things and wearables market in India as it develops solutions tailored to India and other emerging nations from its Bengaluru R&D unit.
Broadcom, which has a global headcount of about 11,000 people, has about 1,500 people at its India research and development centre.
“India is a key market for us and our Bengaluru centre is doing important work around wireless, networking and video technologies, which is about 75 percent of our company’s profile,” Broadcom Semiconductor India Managing Director Rajiv Kapur told PTI.
via Broadcom Bets Big on Bengaluru R&D Centre for IoT, Wearables | NDTV Gadgets.
Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question-and-answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions.
via IEEE: Smart grid progress on several fronts – SmartGridNews.
Driven largely by the state’s market-based clean energy policies, North Carolina was recently named one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy solutions, and is ranked fourth nationwide in installed solar power. North Carolina has experienced an annual growth of its clean energy industry of approximately 25 percent since 2012, and outpaces other industries in the state, according to the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s (NCSEA) 2014 Clean Energy Industry Census.
via Building efficiency sector, energy storage emerge as clean energy leaders in NC – FierceEnergy.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has introduced a loaner program that enables customers to borrow in-home display devices from the utility at no cost. The goal is to improve consumers’ understanding of their home’s energy use and to identify high energy use appliances with near-real time information and estimated energy costs. Consumers can borrow the in-home displays for 30 days.
Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s vice president of customer services and chief customer privacy officer, explains, “The option for customers to borrow an in-home display at no cost is an important step for us to ensure we are making it easy for our customers to have access to innovative technology that will ultimately help them reduce their energy bills.
via San Diego Program Uses Smart Meters, Display Device to Identify Energy Use -.
Smart energy services in the home are already wrapped up with home security settings. Intelligent light bulbs and smart thermostats are standard offerings as part of smart home packages, which are led by security.
But people are ready for more, much more, according to new research from Parks Associates released at its Smart Energy Summit in Austin this week. Nearly half of homes with broadband in the U.S. would be willing to subscribe to a bundle of energy services for about $10 per month. Internet and HVAC maintenance were the most popular services to bundle with electricity services.
via Consumers Hungry for Bundled Energy Services, Survey Finds : Greentech Media.
With the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona only just a week away, Nokia Networks announced that it will demonstrate mobile connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) using 5G technology.
In a statement, Kathrin Buvac, Vice President Strategy at Nokia Networks said, “Within the next ten years, we will see 50 billion things connected, enabling industries to become more efficient and helping people to improve their daily lives. At Nokia Networks, we are already demonstrating key technologies like 5G that will make mobile networks the natural choice for bringing these possibilities to reality.”
via World Mobile Congress 2015, Nokia Plans to Showcase 5G to Demonstrate Internet of Things.
Parks Associates hosted Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer this week in Austin, Texas, where industry analysts and executives addressed new strategies to accelerate innovation and capture the business potential in energy markets. Two-thirds of U.S. broadband household are willing to pay for a smart energy management service, but awareness remains low for smart home products and solutions and where to purchase them.
via Parks Associates identifies new strategies to engage consumers in the Smart Home and IoT Markets | HomeToys Press Release.
A futuristic kitchen designed by Virginia Tech University researchers includes a dishwasher that sends a text or email when it is out of soap, a microwave that listens for the moment when popcorn stops popping and a pantry that can report low supplies.
But it will be a while before most big U.S. home builders offer such automation on a mass scale.
via Home Automation Comes of Age – WSJ.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technological innovations of the moment.
With everyday items set to become increasingly connected, businesses will have access to greater levels of data than ever before. However, Gartner has warned that security will be key to making the most of the IoT.
In a new report, the research organisation said managing identities and access will be critical in this space.
via Security will be key to IoT, says Gartner.
Watch out world, here comes an internet-connected version of Barbie, complete with a wireless connection, microphone, speaker, advanced voice recognition capabilities, and a “customized cloud-based database of her owner’s likes and dislikes” so Barbie can have “real” back and forth conversations with her owner. Hello Barbie is expected to sell for $75 by the holiday shopping season.
via How long will it take for IoT Hello Barbie to be hacked?.
SolarCity(R) (SCTY) has created a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects with an investment from Google. The new fund will cover the upfront cost of solar panel installations for thousands of homeowners in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and make it possible for them to pay less for solar power than they pay for electricity generated by fossil fuels.
via SolarCity Creates Fund to Finance $750 Million in Residential Solar Projects with Investment from Google – Yahoo Finance.
Curb energy loss with smart renovations
While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.
via Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Microsoft is gearing up for Internet of Things revolution by launching the Windows Internet of Things Developer programme.
The programme is aimed at educating developers about the Microsoft products and technologies that can be used to create connected devices used for IoT applications.
With the programme, Microsoft aims to bring Windows and development tools, like the Visual Studio suite, to a new class of connected devices like Intel Edison and Raspberry Pi.
via Microsoft eyes another slice of the Pi with IoT programme – Computer Business Review.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Arrow Electronics today announced the PSoC® Pioneer Challenge: Maker Faire™ Edition, a global design competition that gives engineers the opportunity to prototype new devices for the Internet of Things. The do-it-yourself contest leverages the PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit, a new, easy-to-use Bluetooth® Low Energy-enabled development board from Cypress. The winner will be awarded a $2,500 prize to cover travel expenses to the Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, California this spring, where he or she will showcase the winning design. The runner-up will receive $450 worth of gift certificates to buy materials from Cypress, Arrow and Maker Media — the host of the Maker Faire.
via Cypress and Arrow Electronics Announce Internet of Things Design Contest.
Solution providers have for years been tempted to expand into the home market from traditional commercial or corporate enterprises.
Some have tried with little success leaving this market for the A/V resellers to take care of. But this stance may change after seeing a new report on the Smart Home market by Dallas-based research firm MarketsandMarkets.
MarketsandMarkets found, in a new research report, that the Smart Homes market expected to grow at a CAGR of 17 per cent between 2015 and 2020, and reach $58.68 billion by 2020.
via The smart home market expects to triple in the next five years | Computer Dealer News.