16. October 2015 · Comments Off on 9 best IoT smart heating systems 2015 UK: Hive, Nest, Tado, Heat Genius & more · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The best smart thermostat systems and smart-heating systems you can buy in the UK in 2015. The best home-automation services dedicated to keeping you warm and saving you money. It’s Nest vs Hive vs Tado vs Heat Genius and we’ve just added our full Netatmo and Honeywell reviews. PLUS: Inspire, PassivSystems and HeatMiser. You’ve probably seen the adverts for Hive with its quirky song about how great it is to control your heating from a laptop, smartphone or tablet. And yes, it is – pun intended – a cool thing to be able to do. But more than that, smart heating is likely to be a key part of every home going forward. As fuel costs rise and supplies run dry the ability to heat our homes in an efficient way will stop being a nice bonus, and become an essential part of every home’s economics.

Source: 9 best IoT smart heating systems 2015 UK: Hive, Nest, Tado, Heat Genius & more – Test Centre – PC Advisor

05. August 2014 · Comments Off on E.ON provides case study on smart metering roll out considerations · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart meter communications and network design choices are among the most critical that can be made during the smart grid design phase. Not only are communication choices critical to initial and ongoing smart grid costs and economics, they determine the future functionality, security, interoperability, flexibility, and other characteristics of a distribution grid. There may be no decisions more defining of a grid’s future than those relating to communications, and several books are dedicated to the subject.

via E.ON provides case study on smart metering roll out considerations – EIN News.

30. April 2014 · Comments Off on More Renewable Energy For Your Buck · Categories: News · Tags:

Dollars per watt ($/W) is a lousy measure of the economics of solar, but it persists.

Most likely, it persists because it seems familiar.  We can pay $4 for a watt of solar, or $4 for a Iced Hazelnut Macchiato at Starbucks.  Unfortunately, while the analogy may seem apt, this is a lot like knowing you’re getting a Macchiato without knowing if it’s a Tall, Grande, or Venti.  The actual energy production from a solar system depends greatly on a number of factors, including location, orientation, mounting structure, shading, string configuration, and choice of inverter.

via More Renewable Energy For Your Buck.

09. January 2014 · Comments Off on Northeast Ice Storms and Energy Infrastructure Weaknesses · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As we come to the end of another year, it is not a nuclear issue that I want to discuss but rather the broader issue of our need for reliable electricity.  Last month I started with a quote from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013 highlighting how important energy has become to our society – affecting the economics of nations and our environment as well as our daily way of life.

via Northeast Ice Storms and Energy Infrastructure Weaknesses | The Energy Collective.

05. September 2013 · Comments Off on DNV KEMA Unveils Energy Storage Modeling Tool · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability has debuted ES-GRID, which the company says is a new tool to help quantify the value of distributed energy storage on distribution systems.

According to DNV, ES-GRID was developed to serve needs like those of the current California Public Utilities Commission effort, which seeks to establish reliable and detailed economics for energy storage technologies.

via Renew Grid: Content / Products & Technology / DNV KEMA Unveils Energy Storage Modeling Tool.