16. November 2015 · Comments Off on Smart Wheelchair Uses IoT for Patient Monitoring · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT) in terms of medical devices, you generally think of wearable technology or other small devices that include sensors for monitoring. Now a group of German engineering students is taking this idea to the next level with the development of larger machinery — a smart wheelchair and walker — that can also monitor a patient’s condition remotely.

Students at the Furtwangen University (HFU) in Germany have developed what they call the IoT Wheelchair and the IoT Walker, aimed at helping patients who live in remote areas where it’s difficult to reach a local hospital or doctor but still may need fast and urgent care.

Source: Design News – Blog – Smart Wheelchair Uses IoT for Patient Monitoring

23. October 2015 · Comments Off on IIC and Smart Grid Interop partner, as RWE pushes Lemonbeat protocol · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has announced an expansion of its liaison with the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), to focus on developing technologies and testbeds that will help boost IoT adoption in the energy sector – from smart homes to utility-scale infrastructure. The move will make it easier for IIC members to participate in SGIP testbeds, and vice versa, and see the two commit to a formal review of each other’s energy ambitions.Separately, Germany utility RWE has submitted its Lemonbeat communications protocol to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for review, as part of its work in the Web of Things interest group. It hopes Lemonbeat will become the international standard for IoT networking, and RWE is already using it inside its SmartHome trials.

Source: IIC and Smart Grid Interop partner, as RWE pushes Lemonbeat protocol – Rethink

13. October 2015 · Comments Off on Germany’s On Board, But Smart City Project Needs Government To Think Harder Too  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The year 2015 has been a rather eventful one for Indo-German cooperation. In January, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting German Minister Barbara Hendricks signed an agreement, with Germany deciding to partner with India in developing three smart cities; a six-member joint committee was set up to evolve the way forward. Prime Minister Modi and Indian MNCs were then invited to Hannover in April for the world’s largest annual industrial fair and a number of agreements largely aimed at facilitating strategic cooperation and technology transfer were inked between Indian and German entities. More recently, Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel adopted a united voice, vociferously advocating for a ‘Permanent Member’ status to be accorded to G-4 economies (India, Germany, Brazil and Japan) in a reformed security council. And as India welcomes Chancellor Merkel’s who is on a three day visit to India from October 4-7, German Ambassador Martin Ney reinforced the ever-increasing significance of strategic cooperation between the two nations in a statement: “I believe India is in a crucial phase. It overhauls its economy. It reinvigorates its international engagements in order to harness its full potential as a rising power in a multipolar world.”

Source: Germany’s On Board, But Smart City Project Needs Government To Think Harder Too | Nandan Sharalaya

28. July 2015 · Comments Off on Smart Thermostats to Take off in the Next Five Years · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The European smart thermostats market is set to boom, driven by the 2020 targets on climate change and mandatory energy efficiency certification for buildings. The enforcement of minimum standards for high energy consuming products such as boilers as well as heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) too is fuelling opportunities for smart thermostats. The United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands will account for a lion’s share of the market in Europe, while France will be the fastest growing.

Source: Smart Thermostats to Take off in the Next Five Years | Europe Outlook Magazine

28. April 2015 · Comments Off on EU financing German offshore wind project  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

According to the EU Commission for Energy, 17 of the wind farms will be located in the North Sea and three of them will be located in the Baltic Sea. Germany announced their plans for the wind farms in October 2014.

Source: EU financing German offshore wind project – FierceEnergy

21. April 2015 · Comments Off on EU financing German offshore wind project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

According to the EU Commission for Energy, 17 of the wind farms will be located in the North Sea and three of them will be located in the Baltic Sea. Germany announced their plans for the wind farms in October 2014.

via EU financing German offshore wind project – FierceEnergy.

17. March 2015 · Comments Off on Solar eclipse will offer insight into the future of the grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The upcoming solar eclipse will provide a problem, and plenty of insight, for solar energy demand response in Europe. The solar eclipse will last approximately two hours on March 20, and power station operators are preparing for the outage.

Expected solar electric output in Germany on March 20. All figures assume a clear sky. Credit: Opower.

Although grid stability during the eclipse is the number one concern for utilities, the eclipse is also offering an opportunity for researchers to watch what happens to a power system run by a percentage of solar. Opower is looking at the effects of the eclipse on the European Power grid, and specifically how it will affect Germany — a country that receives 7 percent of its electricity from 1.4 million solar energy systems.

via Solar eclipse will offer insight into the future of the grid – FierceEnergy.

11. March 2015 · Comments Off on This guy’s light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future’s headaches.

In 2009, Raul Rojas, a computer science professor at the Free University of Berlin (and a robot soccer team coach), built one of Germany’s first “smart homes.” Everything in the house was connected to the Internet so that lights, music, television, heating and cooling could all be turned on and off from afar. Even the stove, oven, and microwave could be turned off with Rojas’s computer, which prevented some potential panic attacks about leaving an appliance on after exiting the house. One of the few things not connected in the house were the locks. Automated locks Rojas bought in 2009 are still sitting in a drawer waiting to be installed. “I was afraid of not being able to open the doors,” Rojas said in a phone interview.

via This guy’s light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house — Fusion.

17. February 2015 · Comments Off on Germany’s green goals have profound consequences for Eon and RWE · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The solar panels Konrad Kuisle installed on the roof of his barn and milking shed have been a steady source of income for the Bavarian dairy farmer.

“I installed the panels because, on the one side, I support renewable energy. But I also get something out of it,” says Mr Kuisle, who calculates the power he feeds into Germany’s electricity grid generates up to 15 per cent of his annual turnover.

via Germany’s green goals have profound consequences for Eon and RWE – FT.com.

07. January 2015 · Comments Off on Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

2014 was another big year for energy news and commentary at TheEnergyCollective.com. From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany’s energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.

Here’s a round-up of our top 14 articles from 2014…

via 2014 Energy News Year in Review | The Energy Collective.