27. June 2017 · Comments Off on Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Those are just a few descriptions of a new study countering Mark Jacobson’s 2015 report showing that we can source 100 percent of America’s energy from wind, solar and water. Jacobson’s study is controversial. Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Bernie Sanders have lauded his work. Jacobson himself has called it the “only moral choice.”

Source: Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy | Greentech Media

01. September 2016 · Comments Off on The Internet of Things Is Here, and It Isn’t a Thing · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Everyone is waiting for the Internet of Things. The funny thing is, it is already here. Contrary to expectation, though, it isn’t just a bunch of devices that have a chip and an internet connection.The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services. And they are being delivered by an unlikely cast of characters: Uber Technologies Inc., SolarCity Corp., ADT Corp., and Comcast Corp., to name a few. One recent entrant: the Brita unit of Clorox Corp., which just introduced a Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” pitcher that can re-order its own water filters.

Source: The Internet of Things Is Here, and It Isn’t a Thing – WSJ

22. June 2016 · Comments Off on SunPower leads in more than just solar panels (hint: it’s in the water)  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Middle East, Caribbean, and Oceania account for 283 billion cubic meters of freshwater demand, and solar- and wave-powered desalination can be the low-cost solution, according to Lux Research. Desalination — converting sea water into fresh water — will grow at 8 percent annually to 140 million cubic meters daily in 2020, Lux predicts, reflecting soaring demand in some parts of the world and growing viability of renewable energy technologies.

Source: SunPower leads in more than just solar panels (hint: it’s in the water) – SmartGridNews

03. April 2016 · Comments Off on SparkFun IoT Starter Kit with Blynk Board · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Blynk is an easy to use app builder that allows users to add a variety of buttons, sliders, graphical displays and even RGB controllers to their phone. The SparkFun Blynk Board is specially designed to work with the ‘widgets’ within the Blynk mobile app to create your next IoT project. Monitor local weather conditions, control LEDs from your phone, even send a tweet when it’s time to water your plants!

Source: SparkFun IoT Starter Kit with Blynk Board – KIT-13865 – SparkFun Electronics

04. October 2015 · Comments Off on California needs a higher-tech way to lower water use · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

California is in its fourth year of a serious drought. In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown renewed his emergency declaration and imposed a mandatory 25 percent statewide water reduction. This means all Californians need to reduce water use from 2013 levels. As the drought persists, tensions in the state have mounted as urban and agricultural water users begin to comply with more restrictions including reduced lawn watering and new limits on water use by businesses.

Source: California needs a higher-tech way to lower water use: Guest commentary