29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Grid-scale battery storage not yet ‘panacea’ for Australia renewables  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the “missing link” of Australia’s shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be done if the technology is to be rolled out successfully. Professor Paul Meredith – who is the head of solar at UQ, and oversees the University’s world-leading research project, the Gatton PV Pilot Plant, which is being conducted in conjunction with First Solar – says that while the technology is available, adding grid-scale battery storage to the NEM will be highly complex, and just one part of the future grid puzzle.

Source: Grid-scale battery storage not yet ‘panacea’ for Australia renewables : Renew Economy

26. June 2016 · Comments Off on Marvell Launches Advanced Suite of IoT Application Processors for Home Automation, Industrial, and · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions, today launched a highly optimized suite of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. Purpose-built as part of Marvell’s IoT Application Processor (IAP) family of products, the IAP220 System-on-Chip (SoC) enables the low-power and high-performance computing necessary for many IoT products, and features an ARM® Cortex®-A7 dual core processor.

Source: Marvell Launches Advanced Suite of IoT Application Processors for Home Automation, Industrial, and

05. May 2016 · Comments Off on How IoT security can benefit from machine learning  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT.Of the billions of IoT devices presently in use, a considerable percentage are sporting low-end processing power and storage capacity and don’t have the capability to become extended with security solutions. Yet they are connected to the Internet, nonetheless, which is an extremely hostile environment.

Source: How IoT security can benefit from machine learning | TechCrunch

04. May 2016 · Comments Off on Minimizing Electric Bills with Smart Homes, Solar, and Storage · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In a previous article, I discussed ways in which the smart grid and smart home technology could impact a customer’s electric service and utility bill. At the end of that article I promised to “do the math” and provide a few examples, so here it is. I examine several possible scenarios, including different rate plans, load shifting via smart appliances, and the addition of solar panels and on-site energy storage. Yeah, my spreadsheet has been busy this week!

Source: Minimizing Electric Bills with Smart Homes, Solar, and Storage > ENGINEERING.com

01. February 2016 · Comments Off on Solar plus storage defining renewable energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The success of solar plus storage is defining the growth potential of renewable energy. Solar plus storage is a key necessity for solar to overcome limitations like intermittency and the lack of power after dark.In fact, Lux Research predicts that distributed storage for solar systems will be worth $8 billion in 2026, as solar combines with storage to continue its remarkable growth.

Source: Solar plus storage defining renewable energy – SmartGridNews

25. January 2016 · Comments Off on DOE awards $18 million for solar-plus-storage projects · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Solar plus storage got a big boost this week with $18 million in SunShot Initiative grants from the Department of Energy.While SunShot is striding briskly toward its goal of getting the cost of installed rooftop solar down to $1 per watt or 6 cents per kilowatt hour, the DOE is taking it one step farther now. Its new SHINES program, short for Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV, has a price target of 14 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s for fully integrated solar and storage solutions.

Source: DOE awards $18 million for solar-plus-storage projects

13. January 2016 · Comments Off on Amazon now making processors for IoT smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Having already moved into practically every other arm of technology, Amazon has announced that through one of its subsidiaries it is to produce a processor for use in internet of things (IoT) devices. The subsidiary producing the new chip for Amazon, Annapurna Labs, announced it was taking on the job of producing the line of chips called Alpine, which it says will provide high performance for UHD video streaming, secure storage, IoT and cloud applications for connected homes.

Source: Amazon now making processors for IoT smart homes

22. December 2015 · Comments Off on IoT Editor’s Day Silicon Valley: See the Future of Semiconductors with MegaChips · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Like all computing revolutions (thus far), the semiconductor is the backbone of the IoT. It allows all the other computing functions and facilitates the analytics upon which all of the Big Data collections processes rely upon for intelligent value.MegaChips Technology America Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company and a leader in the industry, is focusing on the development of products that incorporate original algorithms and architecture to help customers automate building operations, improve networking and meet storage needs for imaging, audio, home networking, power management, security and communications environments.

Source: IoT Editor’s Day Silicon Valley: See the Future of Semiconductors with MegaChips

05. December 2015 · Comments Off on How governments worldwide are using the Internet of Things to improve services and safety · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The city of Breda, in the Netherlands, has created an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that links the physical sensors of its water and sewage plants to optimize pumping levels and power consumption. In Helsinki, Finland, the city-owned bus system has been using sensors to collect and analyze fuel usage data and help cut costs. In Oakland, California, the police department is capturing and managing video from 600 body-worn cameras, using a cloud storage platform developed by a Microsoft partner.

Source: How governments worldwide are using the Internet of Things to improve services and safety – The Fire Hose

03. December 2015 · Comments Off on Raspberry Pi 2 has 1Tbyte data storage and Wi-Fi for IoT · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Raspberry Pi is starting to look like an IoT design platform.The designer, US-based Pi 2 Design has incorporated in the 1Tbyte SSD add-on module Wi-fi 802.11b/g/n interfaces. There is also a real-time clock with battery backup and a temperature sensor.The shield also carries out Pi’s dual USB interfaces to bring in bring 5V at 1A.

Source: Raspberry Pi 2 has 1Tbyte data storage and Wi-Fi for IoT | Electronics Weekly