More information so you can control and stabilize your electric bills. Faster restoration of power outages. More cost-efficient production and delivery of electricity to our homes, schools and businesses. More renewable energy. This is what Maui Electric Co. is proposing through our smart grid project that will upgrade and further modernize the existing electrical systems on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.To help address the misleading May 10 Viewpoint, a smart grid computerizes the electrical system through a protected, private wireless communication network – not the open internet – and safe smart meters.
The cost of “smart” paving tiles that generate electrical power from human footfall will drop below £600/sq m this year, bringing them closer in line with high-end landscaping options for the first time, their inventor has claimed.Pavegen tiles generate about 7W of power from every footstep and store it in a battery to power street lighting or other streetside uses.The tech start-up became a crowdfunding success story last year when it won more than £750,000 of investment in just two days, through the website Crowdcube, then went on to attract more than £2m.
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If you’ve ever gotten slammed by an electric bill that was shockingly high, you know it’s an unpleasant experience. A litany of what-ifs and whys flash through your head: Was the air conditioner running too long? Are we using the toaster oven too much? Perhaps that old fridge in the garage is the culprit?Thankfully, digital technology trades wild guessing for fact-based data. Welcome to the era of smart energy monitors, which track home power consumption in real time and are capable of pinpointing what appliances are power hogs and which are power misers. And in a place like the CNET Smart Home — which is packed with tons of high-tech gear — keeping tabs on electrical use isn’t just a good idea, it’s critical for a stable test environment and spotting any power usage problems before they happen.
End-users and electrical installers alike are on the hunt of a high quality home automation solution that is easy to design, install and commission. Crucially, it must also be easy to operate and it must, of course, be affordable.Recognising this requirement, at the 100% Design show, held in London’s Olympia last week, ABB launched its innovative entry-level, affordable yet sophisticated home automation system during a seminar entitled ‘free@home – Making home automation easier than ever’. This new and important ABB-free@home home automation solution is aimed at electrical installers who currently have no access to the smart home or building automation world.
Crestron Electronics is shipping its new GLS-LDL-EX-BATT dual-loop photosensor, a wireless device that utilizes Crestron’s ZigBee-based Infinet EX protocol for communicating with a home automation system.When integrated with lighting (or motorized shades and other smart devices), the photocell can help residential and commercial property owners cut their electrical consumption in new and retrofit environments.
A proposed standard from ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to create smart facilities supporting smart grids is open for public review until Oct. 6, 2015. ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumption and forecasts.Steve Bushby, committee chair for 201P, said the standard also is being considered for adoption as an international standard through the International Organization for Standardization.
If you have spent any time in front of a television, late at night, at any point in the last few decades of the 20th century, you can very likely sing the jingle for The Clapper, a sound-activated electrical switch. Maybe you even had one. Or maybe you have one still. It turns out that The Clapper—used to control the electrical power to any device plugged into it when it detects a user clapping—is still on the market. In fact, it’s currently ranked number four among Amazon’s best-selling home-automation devices.
With almost one million electric vehicles already in use on roads around the world, and traffic volume growing daily, utilities are faced with a huge surge in power demands. Can their aging electrical distribution networks, originally built for a bygone era, handle the rising load without the need to rebuild infrastructure? Yes, with the help of sensors in cars, homes, and the power grid. But will this be adequate for business and leisure drivers who need or simply want to drive “to somewhere” right now?
The new SunPort Internet of Things (IoT), smart device is bringing the solar energy revolution to an electrical plug near you. Giving people the power to choose renewable energy, SunPort is the world’s first smart grid, solar delivery, plug-in device. It allows anyone to instantly use 100% grid-connected solar energy just by plugging it into a common wall socket. Whenever users plug in their devices with the SunPort, the power they use is recorded and automatically upgraded to solar through the company’s proprietary smart grid technology.
Many of us would be hard-pressed to spend a day without using a lithium-ion battery, the technology that powers our portable electronics. And with electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage for the power grid around the corner, their future appears pretty bright.So bright that the iconic California-based upstart Tesla Motors stated that their newly announced residential Powerwall battery is sold out until mid-2016 and that the strong market demand could meet the capacity of their upcoming battery “gigafactory” of 35 gigawatt-hours per year – the daily electrical energy needs of 1.2 million US households.