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The paradigm of the "smart grid" has been embraced eagerly by everyone from staid old utilities to Silicon Valley venture capitalists, but if the electric grid is to become a smart network, the storage concept pioneered by the internet revolution will need to be emulated.
Date: 05/14/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage, Smart Grid
The coming wave of battery-powered vehicles has utilities, oil companies and startups preparing for a significant shift. But the push toward an "electrification tipping point" also presents new challenges.
Date: 05/19/2010
Type: News
Following the lead of the Large Hadron Collider, companies and research groups are focusing on ways to integrate high efficiency cables made of superconductive filaments into a smart grid.
Date: 06/17/2010
Type: Article, News
Members of the Smart Grid Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum argue that energy users want energy efficiency without complexity. They contend that the option of manual control of energy use should be abandoned in favor of smart sensors, meters and appliances.
Date: 06/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Cisco Systems introduced a new home energy management system with a countertop touch-screen display that allows users to monitor and program home energy use. The system will undergo a year-long pilot test with customers of Duke Energy.
Date: 06/29/2010
Type: Blog, News
America's first wireless Smart Grid network has been deployed in Plumas-Sierra county, California, using TV White Space spectrum as a means to deliver connectivity.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: Blog
Green Economy blogger Jeremy Gross discusses current smart grid trends.
Date: 07/07/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
General Electric and a group of venture firms announced a $200 million fund for a “smart grid challenge” for startups and entrepreneurs with new smart grid ideas or technologies. The company also announced two new Ecomagination products.
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
A report from Lux Research reveals that costly natural gas peaker plants are still winning out over next-generation alternative technologies for helping utilities dealing with peak energy demand.
Date: 07/21/2010
Type: Blog
Microsoft announced today that it has combined its Hohm Web home energy-efficiency application with the PowerCost electricity monitor. Using a broadband internet connection, consumers can then monitor their home electricity consumption from the web or from the tabletop electricity monitor.
Date: 07/27/2010
Type: Article, Video

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