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.
LIFX this morning announced their new LIFX Color 1000 Wi-Fi-enabled smart light bulb, which can be controlled by Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant as well as Alexa on the Amazon Echo.The new, smaller A19 sized Color 1000 has been designed fit in more light fixtures than its predecessors. It’s billed as the most bright (1055 lumens) and also most energy efficient smart bulb in the connected home marketplace. It’s rated at 1055 lumens with a quoted energy cost of just $1.32 per year. With millions of colors and thousands of shades of white available, the LIFX Colour 1000 can illuminate homes without the need for a network hub or extra hardware.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has developed a new technology that significantly reduces the cost for residential customers considering rooftop solar — and installations have already begun. The Renewable Meter Adapters (RMA) SDG&E developed connect rooftop solar systems directly to the existing electric meter panel in as little as an hour, allowing rooftop solar customers to avoid the need for invasive and time-consuming panel upgrades that typically cost more than $2,500 — not including the structural impacts to walls, stucco and landscaping, especially for older homes.
“So, how real is this Internet of Things opportunity anyway?”It’s a question that many solution providers are asking as the buzz continues to mount and the projections continue to rise. The figures are staggering: Gartner says there will be 25 billion connected “things” in use by 2020; IDC predicts the market will hit $7.1 trillion by 2020 and Cisco Systems says $19 trillion of cost savings and economic benefits will be driven by IoT.
This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features a developer device that sees public availability, a security guideline update for the Internet of Things (IoT), and the public release of the Windows 10 IoT platform.Thingsee One now commercially availableThingsee (Haltian Group) announced that its Thingsee One device is now commercially available to the public. The Thingsee One is a device for IoT apps and solution development that is designed to help developers cut the cost and time it takes to deploy new IoT apps and services.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has developed a new technology that significantly reduces the cost for residential customers considering rooftop solar — and installations have already begun.
The Renewable Meter Adapters (RMA) SDG&E developed connect rooftop solar systems directly to the existing electric meter panel in as little as an hour, allowing rooftop solar customers to avoid the need for invasive and time-consuming panel upgrades that typically cost more than $2,500 — not including the structural impacts to walls, stucco and landscaping, especially for older homes.
Managing and controlling energy and operational data in commercial buildings and industrial sites with ‘Internet of Things’ devices just got easier as industrial PC company Logic Supply, Inc. launches their new model CC150 ‘Internet of Things Gateway with Candi IoT Server.’Previously, businesses who used the Candi Controls IoT Platform to monitor, control, and manage data from communicating devices paid extra and waited longer for industrial PCs to be custom-configured. With the launch of the CC150, Logic Supply is pre-configuring an application-specific Internet of Things Gateway with Candi’s embedded IoT Server® software stack at no additional cost, which interoperates with the Candi Network Operations Cloud™ right out of the box.
Lighting market is expected to witness a high-growth especially from its emerging smart lighting technology. The term “Smart Lighting” refers to the environment controlled by lighting control systems. In brief, lighting control systems use factors such as occupancy, available daylight, and time of the day to turn lights on or off accordingly, thus providing noteworthy energy and cost savings. The need for smart lighting products is evolving and growing continuously. The smart lighting techniques are utilized for area specific lighting, it works on the principle of calculating and managing the requirement of lighting in a particular area. The end users can control cost and eliminate lighting wastages by investing in smart lighting. Therefore, the end users can optimize the excessive use of their resources by using smart lighting technologies.
ReportsnReports.com adds 2015 smart homes market research reports with forecasts to 2020 (17% CAGR) along with analysis of high-growth sub-segments such as security & access control, energy management system, HVAC control, entertainment control.The Global Smart Homes Market Report 2015 spread across 173 pages, profiling 9 major companies and supported with 180 tables and figures is now available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/409480-global-smart-homes-industry-report-2015.html .The Global Smart Homes Industry Report 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the smart homes market with an overview including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The smart homes market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed. This report also states import/export consumption, supply and demand Figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins.
The TALQ Consortium, an organization developing a global standard for software interfaces to manage outdoor lighting networks, assists municipalities in ensuring the integrity of their tendering procedures. By publishing a ‘Pocket Guide for Smart Outdoor Lighting Tenders’ TALQ offers decision makers an excellent basis for compiling forward-looking, cost and energy saving tenders. The first edition of the Pocket Guide is available end of July 2015.