Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary garbage pickups. That may not sound so impressive — at least compared to driverless cars or sending regular folk into space — but when the dumbest of items gains intelligence, we need to pay attention.
The Internet of Things (or IoT) can be a particularly precarious place to invest. The IoT is still in early stages, which leaves plenty of room for volatility. But despite this, IoT’s potential is too massive to ignore. Cisco estimates that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, everything from cows to computers. All of those connections have the potential to fuel a lot of growth in the coming years, from established tech companies and IoT pure plays alike. But jumping into IoT stocks can feel more like a leap of faith than a sound investing decision. To help you determine which stocks have the best IoT potential, here are three companies that are making big strides right now and could have huge payoffs later.
From the comfort of your living room, are you in the group that can watch people on HGTV fix up their house all day long without leaving the couch?Ford says, “Ford is exploring linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their couch.”
Talk of smart grid technology often revolves around how homeowners can reduce their utility bills by implementing smart meters on their homes. But focusing on such technology limits the understanding of how true technological innovations are transforming, and protecting, smart grids across the world. For instance, fuel cell technology in India is changing how the country uses back up generators and, as a result, how it will keep tens of thousands of cellular towers running amid the country’s pervasive blackouts.
One can assume that battery electric vehicles (EV) are cleaner than traditional gasoline fueled cars, but do they really reduce the emissions that fuel climate change?Credit: Tomwang112According to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) comparing them to gasoline cars over their lifetime, the answer is yes.Over their entire lifetimes — from manufacturing to driving to disposal — battery electric cars produce half the global warming emissions, on average, of comparably sized gasoline cars. In addition, driving a battery electric vehicle is cleaner than the average gasoline vehicle on global warming emissions everywhere in the country, and has been improving over the last three years.
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.
Great River Energy and its 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin have launched a a first-of-its kind electric vehicle (EV) program that allows cooperative members to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles to wind energy.
Although renewables are already part of Great River Energy’s power portfolio, Great River Energy says the Revolt program provides a more direct connection between wind energy and the electric vehicle driver.
As America’s cities struggle with traffic congestion, overpopulation and energy problems, they are turning to the Internet of Things to get themselves above water. But they need to face age-old problems, like data silos and consumer skepticism head-on, say experts in the trenches.The Internet of Things (IoT) holds promise for cities by curbing resource waste and making operations more efficient. Connected devices can indicate when it’s time to pick up trash in public areas or when street lights should turn on and off.
Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles.
That’s because their plant feedstocks absorb carbon dioxide from the air, bringing them far closer to a carbon-neutral footprint than any fuel refined from crude oil.
But for diesel-powered vehicles, the term “biodiesel” is used loosely and imprecisely–and often covers anything from plant-derived fuels to burning used deep-frier grease in your converted old Mercedes.
Renewables and the grid are interconnected, and will likely become even more so in the future. A new report has found three very specific ways that renewables will fuel the grid of the future.
The report, conducted by DNV GL, said that a renewables-based electricity system can be possible if certain requirements are met — but there is a massive amount of work still to be done to make this a possibility. The study surveyed 1,600 professionals across 71 countries, assuming that renewables account for 70 percent of power sector generation.