Hawaiian Electric Co. is proposing to install smart grid technology for more than 455,000 customers on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, Lanai and Molokai that will cost about $340 million to implement, the Honolulu-based utility said this week.The project includes installing a wireless communication network, smart meters and technology that will upgrade the existing electric grid to more automated and energy efficient.
In July 2015, two cyber security researchers demonstrated to a reporter at WIRED magazine how they could remotely control a Jeep Cherokee after having hacked the onboard entertainment systems to gain control of the vehicle. The wireless “zero-day exploit” led Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles to update their security systems, at considerable cost to the Chrysler bottom line and a collective scary bother to its customers.
The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a coalition of electric vehicle charging organizations and companies, is coming down hard on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a recently submitted proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to EVCA, the $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric vehicle charging stations in PG&E territory asks for too broad a control over EV charging that will cost ratepayers, inhibit innovation, and limit customer choice. The CPUC has shut down the proposal.
Solar plus storage got a big boost this week with $18 million in SunShot Initiative grants from the Department of Energy.While SunShot is striding briskly toward its goal of getting the cost of installed rooftop solar down to $1 per watt or 6 cents per kilowatt hour, the DOE is taking it one step farther now. Its new SHINES program, short for Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV, has a price target of 14 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s for fully integrated solar and storage solutions.
Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things. Starfish is a public version of the 900 MHz network the company developed initially for smart utility meters.
Nearly a dozen contenderss are trying to fill a need for long distance networks that cut the cost and power consumption of today’s cellular machine-to-machine networks. Silver Spring believes it can offer at relatively low cost significantly better throughput and latency than current leading 900 MHz competitors in the space, Sigfox and the LoRa Alliance.
You may be fascinated by thermostats that seem to intuit your favorite temperature or front doors that automatically lock and unlock themselves but hesitated to buy them because you fear the potential cost. But smart-home technology doesn’t have to break the bank. There are several home upgrades that you can make yourself. Here are a few
Those considering energy storage can now compare the cost effectiveness of each technology on an apples-to-apples basis. An in-depth study from investment bank Lazard in conjunction with Enovation Partners, Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis, compares the costs of energy storage technologies for particular applications to conventional alternatives.Modeled on Lazard’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE), the LCOS study analyzes the costs associated with a variety of the leading energy storage technologies and their applications.
Dojo-Labs announced a Linux-based “Dojo” home security gateway that notifies users of security threats via a mobile app and a glowing orb.An Israeli startup called Dojo-Labs has launched $99 presales on its Dojo security device, with shipments due March 8. After the first year, yearly subscriptions cost an additional $99 per year. CEO Yossi Atias has confirmed to LinuxGizmos that the device runs on a Linux operating system based on a Broadcom distribution.
The government has threatened to halt subsidies for new offshore wind farms over the next four years unless the industry can slash the cost of new projects.Announcing details of the government’s energy policy “reset” this morning, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said her department would run three auctions over the course of this parliament that would allow low carbon technologies to compete for price support contracts. However, she warned there would be “no more blank cheques” for offshore wind farms, and that future auctions would depend on developers cutting costs. “Further support will be strictly conditional on the cost reductions we have seen already accelerating. The technology needs to move quickly to cost competitiveness,” she said.
Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.The advance is based on a new innovation with thermochemical storage, in which chemical transformation is used in repeated cycles to hold heat, use it to drive turbines, and then be re-heated to continue the cycle. Most commonly this might be done over a 24-hour period, with variable levels of solar-powered electricity available at any time of day, as dictated by demand.The findings have been published in ChemSusChem, a professional journal covering sustainable chemistry. The work was supported by the SunShot Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, and done in collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida.