14. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A building is often only as intelligent as the electrical distribution network it connects with. That’s why smart buildings are often seen as an extension of the smart grid. Meters, building controls, intelligent lighting and HVAC systems, distributed energy systems and the software layered on top are indeed valuable for controlling localized energy use within Continue reading →

01. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

David Cameron’s announcement of an extra £45 million to develop the Internet of Things is great news – that’s £73 million that the UK has earmarked in funding research in this space. The announcement highlights a growing understanding at the highest levels of government of the huge potential, both commercially and from a consumer perspective, Continue reading →

23. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The majority of electricity transmission systems in service today are high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) systems that rely on many of the same technologies that existed at their conception more than 100 years ago. Today, however, the rapid worldwide expansion in large-scale wind and solar projects, coupled with the growth of heavy industry in Latin America, Continue reading →

19. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart buildings will change over time based on the evolution of technology and the increased interest in the smart building approach by designers, contractors and manufacturers. This may mean new building control systems (i.e. indoor positioning systems), but it is more likely be advances in the “foundational systems” such as security, electrical distribution or HVAC. Continue reading →

17. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Telkonet, Inc. (OTCQB: TKOI), whose business divisions include EcoSmartTM, an intelligent energy management system and EthoStream®, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, is pleased to announce the EcoInsightTM intelligent thermostat. Telkonet has released the EcoInsight, a highly intelligent thermostat with over 125 configurable settings to control the efficiency of HVAC Continue reading →

03. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

iControl Networks and EcoFactor, a provider of cloud-based home energy services, are partnering to deliver a smart energy service that integrates energy devices and appliances with data analytics about HVAC energy usage on iControl’s open, device-agnostic platform. via EcoFactor, iControl Networks partner on energy management – Electric Light & Power.

02. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Nest, the “apple offspring” smart thermostat company has added variable tariffs to its control algorithm for the HVAC control. A typical control cycle is indicated below. The original blog from the NEST site is also referred below. Wonders how some apply mystery fizzle can turn boring tech into cool gadgets. Or is it good marketing, or Continue reading →

05. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the world of sustainability initiatives, providing charging stations for electric vehicles doesn’t provide the same bang for your buck as, say, energy-efficient lighting upgrades or super green HVAC systems. But property owners, managers and REITs are seeing the advantages to so-called EV stations and are installing them at office, retail, hotel and other commercial Continue reading →

04. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Energy Information Standards (EIS) Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to develop a common framework for customer equipment to use, generate and communicate energy data, says it has begun work on the problem of interoperability between different manufacturers’ home energy management (HEM) products, as well as between those products and the smart grid. To resolve Continue reading →

04. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For countless city governments, energy efficiency has become the cornerstone of their sustainability efforts. With municipal budgets across the country constrained or even in crisis, finding cost savings has become an imperative. Energy costs are a major component of city budgets, and across the country those costs are increasing every year. You’d be hard pressed to find a local Continue reading →

08. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It seems that one of the world’s largest thermostat makers, Honeywell, had a learning unit quite a few years before the now-popular “Nest” did, and nixed it soon after its conception. Speaking with Honeywell’s President of Environmental and Combustion Controls division miss Beth Wozniak, GigaOM’s Katie Fehrenbacher found that Honeywell decided to drop the program Continue reading →

29. March 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , , , ,

ICM Controls, a leader in the manufacture and supply of electronic controls to the HVACR industry, announces its new SimpleComfort® series programmable communicating thermostat (PCT). The SE5000 features an in-home display (IHD) coupled with a residential thermostat, providing direct HVAC load control by utility companies serving Smart Grid customers. via Programmable communicating thermostat based on Continue reading →

Octus Energy (OTCBB: OCTI) today announced its affiliation with two University of California, Davis energy efficiency research centers, the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and the Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC). As an affiliate member, Octus will collaborate with CLTC and WCEC to develop and deploy the Octus Smart Energy Platform (OctusSEP), focused on commercializing Continue reading →