Energy Usage

Smart Buildings

Time to put Inefficient Buildings in the Climate Change Spotlight

May 18th, 2022
Smart Cities

Intelligent Energy Demand Needs Intelligent Energy Supply

July 20th, 2021
Smart Cities

Dirty Cryptocurrencies Must Take A Smart Building Approach to Energy Efficiency

While still seeming strange and unofficial to many, cryptocurrencies have now become an established part of the world economy. These blockchain-based virtual currencies have become hugely popular for a wide variety of people around the world, from mom and pop investors to billionaires such as Elon Musk, who recently began accepting Bitcoin as payment for […]

Smart Buildings

Opportunities Beyond the Building – It’s All About Breaking Down the Silos

Buildings have traditionally been designed as somewhat isolated units protecting occupants from the outside world. While buildings still need to protect people from the elements, like the first buildings were designed to do, the modern world demands more complex relationships between buildings and their urban environment. Energy no longer just flows into a building but […]

Smart Cities

New Building to Grid Interface by EPFL Offers Unprecedented Optimization

A Swiss research team, from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), have created an innovative smart building to smart grid system that promises to better optimize our energy use. The system, which collects data on people’s energy use and sends it to the grid, was simultaneously developed by several specialist teams from the university’s electronics […]

Smart Cities

Now is The Time To Get Serious About Energy Efficiency!

The idea that we might be better off foregoing energy efficiency efforts and instead use the saved money to fuel inefficient buildings, is a compelling thought. Although environmentalists would certainly have something to say about it, and it is a depressing thought for those that have strived to develop the energy efficiency sector. Recent comments […]

Smart Buildings

Is Simple Energy Management the Gateway Product for Smart Buildings?

In the early days of smart technology for energy efficiency in buildings we used to say, “buildings make up 40% of total energy consumption,” and that “with this smarter approach to energy efficiency we can reduce that to be greener and cleaner while reducing the strain on our grids.” In the years since the smart […]

Smart Cities

Can We Find The Balance Between Smart Grid Data And Consumer Privacy?

So smart meters send data on electricity consumption to smart grids enabled with demand response that balance everything to make the most of renewable energy and empower consumers with solar panels to sell excess electricity back to the grid. Sounds wonderful but what about privacy? “The two types of data collected by smart grid technologies […]

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