Through a first-of-its-kind analysis, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s (SGCC) Empowered Consumer Report has found that consumer awareness for next-generation smart energy technologies is at an all-time high, and best aligned with a smart grid customer segmentation. By surveying more than 1500 consumers, The Empowered Consumer has explored to what extent consumers are aware of smart energy technologies, their level of interest in adopting these technologies, and what reservations they have about doing so.
Today, SunPower introduces the SunPower Equinox™ system, now available to U.S. homeowners. It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower’s minimalist architectural approach at the system level.
This week, Lowe’s released the next generation of its smart home platform, Iris. The upgraded offering is more mobile-friendly and is designed to address the (often mundane) issues homeowners face related to comfort and security.The hub and core devices have been redesigned and split apart. The hub was originally sold along with security or smart energy packages, but is now a standalone offering priced at $59.99. The hub, which has always had various communications protocols like Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi, now also has Bluetooth.
Ideal Power Inc.,, a developer of power conversion technologies, and Sonnenbatterie, Europe’s leading smart energy storage provider, announced today that Sonnenbatterie has selected Ideal Power’s power conversion systems, using its award-winning Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA), for integration with the commercial Sonnenbatterie system. Sonnenbatterie also has placed initial product orders with Ideal Power for delivery in August.
The implementation of smart energy grids in the consumer market is worth between 1 and 3.5 billion euros, according to a recent study carried out in PowerMatching City, a pilot project in which a smart energy grid has been implemented in practice.
In order to find practical answers to the problems that the transition to clean energy entails, in 2009 PowerMatching City was established in Hoogkerk, in the Dutch province of Groningen. In 2011, a community of 40 households entered into phase 2 of this pilot, a real-life experiment in living with sustainable energy. The residents used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water using the sun, gas and geothermal heat. Smart software was used to share electricity with neighbors, and household appliances were activated at times when the supply of electricity from the local grid was optimal.
The latest report by TechNavio highlights the increased installation of smart energy meters. Power utilities worldwide are making huge investments to change the way data is transmitted and collected from consumers through different communication networks. Advanced metering infrastructure-enabled meters are being used to facilitate two-way communication between utilities and consumers.
“With an increase in the deployment of smart energy meters, maintaining data at the grid level has become easier and more effective,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a loaner program for home area network (HAN) devices, “in efforts to help customers make smart energy choices and save money.”
The program will allow customers to borrow the display devices for use in their home — at no cost — to help them understand their energy usage.
Japan’s largest solar trade show closed its doors today with intelligent energy solutions emerging as one of the major trends. Trina Solar Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao spoke to pv magazine about the company’s position in the market and how Japan will be key to its roll out of smart energy and smart home solutions.
Until 2018, overall 4,000 living and working spaces of the Swiss district “Suurstoffi” are scheduled to be independent from the electricity grid. This is thanks to a smart energy concept using photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, heat pumps and geothermal energy.
Fifteen percent of Texas broadband households own a smart energy device (such as a programmable thermostat, light bulb, power strip, outlet, or plug adapter capable of connecting to the Internet), compared to 10% of U.S. broadband households, according to Parks Associates. The Dallas-based market research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit next week in Austin.