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The federal government release its draft of smart grid standards, laying the foundation of the regulations that will accompany the emerging industry.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
Utilities across the country are pulling together proposals for grants for smart grid systems. $4 billion in stimulus funding is reserved for building the smart grid infrastructure.
Date: 08/31/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
The smart grid will give utilities data to help them plan for usage and give customers awareness that could incentivize more efficient usage patterns.
Date: 12/17/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Technology for a "smart" electrical grid has been developed. Consumers just have to wait for this research to graduate into products and services.
Date: 07/06/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
smart grid diagram
Katherine Hamilton discusses the barriers and challenges inherent in taking the smart grid from vision to reality. Hamilton is president of the GridWise Alliance and has spearheaded legislative and policy efforts, developed language for energy bills and secured critical funding for the smart grid.
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Utilities use network-connected meters and other new technologies to build a smart grid that will reduce outages, cut costs and improve customer service.
Date: 11/13/2009
Type: Article
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab designed a new material for windows that could lead to "smart windows" that let people control the amount of light and heat that gets through.
Date: 08/29/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
Raven Window
A new nanomaterial coating from RavenBrick Windows allows windows to regulate the solar energy passing through them in response to outdoor temperatures.
Date: 04/13/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
Nanoelectronics technology is improving the way that batteries and motors in electric vehicles are controlled, giving them a longer range on each charge.
Date: 01/13/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Researchers use soot to create an inexpensive coating that repels both oil and water.
Date: 02/21/2012

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