Chicago-based startup Hologram has announced its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), which provides businesses with a cost effective way to design, create, and deploy IoT devices.Hologram claims to provide an end-to-end solution for businesses, with everything from connected hardware to cloud messaging services bundled into its cellular platform.
Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions, announced today that its DirectLink product suite has received a 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award from SmartGrid.TMCnet.com , a TMC and Crossfire Media sponsored technology media website. Designed to make implementing demand response programs with two-way communications significantly more cost effective, the Comverge IntelliTEMP DirectLink smart thermostats and IntelliPEAK DirectLink control switches use IP-based communications to enable a two-way information exchange without the need of a gateway. When used in conjunction with Comverge IntelliSOURCE software, the DirectLink devices enable simultaneous, “always-on” connections with hundreds of thousands of endpoints, thereby increasing the reliability, predictability and availability of demand response resources.
Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, today announced that it has acquired PowerSense, a global player in smart grid technologies, and will integrate it into its portfolio. With this development, utilities the world over will benefit from a cost effective, scalable and modular solution which has already proven itself in a large roll out.
By 2025, wind and solar electricity generation could become cost competitive without federal subsidies, according to a new Department of Energy study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That is, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.
“The electric generation portfolio of the future could be both cost effective and diverse. If renewables and natural gas cost about the same per kilowatt-hour delivered, then value to customers becomes a matter of finding the right mix,” said NREL senior analyst David Hurlbut, the report’s lead author. “Renewable energy development, to date, has mostly been in response to state mandates. What this study does is look at where the most cost-effective yet untapped resources are likely to be when the last of these mandates culminates in 2025, and what it might cost to connect them to the best-matched population centers.”
The Open Smart Home Framework (OSF) comprises the components of the ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) standard family that are relevant for the home and the consumer. It combines these components into an architecture that allows for an easy to install, maintenance-free, reliable, secure, and cost-effective sense and control network implementation, while making the different ZigBee network layers or other underlying technologies invisible to the user.
The number of endpoints on utility-owned machine-to-machine (M2M) networks continues to balloon, reaching from tens of thousands to millions of devices. The constant collection and transmission of information from these points is taxing utilities’ ability to manage networks, utilize data, and ensure cost-effective network access for protection and control applications.
The combination of green roofs with rooftop solar panels can provide a quick and easy way to boost solar cell efficiency right now, making it more cost effective for property owners to invest in a rooftop solar installation without waiting for new technology breakthroughs to hit the market. Though at first glance it may seem that solar panels and vegetation don’t mix, the solar industry has been coming up with new rooftop infrastructures that enables greenery to thrive between the photovoltaic modules.
The concept of the smart grid continues to mystify both utilities and consumers alike. Is it cost-effective? What is the best method for deployment? Is the public ready for it? Do we actually need it?
Beginning January 2010, Drexel will be the first university in the United States to implement a highly cost effective and environmentally friendly, energy saving smart grid technology.
“This system has been working for years in Europe. [Viridity] came to us because our campus was a nice setting to demonstrate their technology since we have a mix of residential, office, research space, to test very unique needs,” Tony Lowman, College of Engineering’s associate dean of Research and Graduates Studies, said.
The Smart Grid technology will provide real-time measurements of power usage across the University, allowing Drexel to purchase power during times of the day when demand is low and in turn, selling at a reduced price. Drexel will also utilize this technology to analyze specific power usage on a “per building” basis, reducing costs and lowering its carbon foot print.
“[The smart grid] is going to make it more economically feasible for us to add real green energy production on campus because it will allow us to better utilize those assets. We’ve also requested additional funding for a much greater coverage of solar as well as a small scale wind energy resource here on campus,” Lowman said.