A survey from Emerson shows that, despite the global economic downturn, data center managers are investing in energy-efficiency initiatives to help manage operating expenses and reduce environmental impact. The survey, from the Aperture Research Institute™ of Emerson Network Power, revealed that 87% of data center managers have implemented such efficiency initiatives in their facilities, but […]
The ZigBee® Alliance and HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced public availability of the next generation market requirements for Smart Energy, and supporting use cases. Smart Energy enables both wired and wireless communication between utility companies and everyday household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. Captured in the market requirements document are details for the next […]
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. N.A., the North American subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, a German company that is a leading elevator and escalator companies, and Power Efficiency Corp. announced that they signed an agreement for Power Efficiency to supply its Motor Efficiency Controller (MEC) for use on escalators and MG elevators. ThyssenKrupp plans to incorporate the MEC […]
AT&T announced that it has entered into an agreement with Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries, Ltd., to jointly market and sell to utility companies smart grid sensor devices that are certified on AT&T’s wireless data network. According to AT&T, utilities can now receive real-time system performance data to efficiently operate their electric […]
Intel Corp. has reorganized its R&D activities, renaming the group Intel Labs, and forming a new sub-group, called the Energy Systems Research Lab, that will focus on energy. The new Energy Systems Research group will conduct research into energy distribution, control and consumption developing knowledge and technology related to the emerging convergence of compute, communications […]
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology released for public review a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. The Smart Grid is a planned nationwide network that will use 21st century information technology to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably and […]
Intel hosted the first meeting of the IEEE to work on the IEEE 2030 initiative at its Santa Clara, California headquarters. The IEEE-SA P2030 guide will provide a knowledge framework for understanding and defining smart grid interoperability of the electric power system with end use applications, setting the stage for future standards related to the […]
Researchers from the American Chemical Society (ACS) are reporting what they describe as the first use of a fundamentally new approach in...
PowerSat Corp. announced the filing of U.S. Provisional Patent No. 61/177,565 or "SPACE-BASED POWER SYSTEMS AND METHODS." The patent includes two technologies, BrightStar and Solar Powered Orbital Transfer (SPOT), which enable the reduction of launch and operation costs by roughly $1 billion for a 2,500 megawatt (MW) power station. "This patent filing is a watershed […]
An array of 213 solar panels will soon provide electricity to homes served by Duke Energy’s McAlpine Creek substation in south Charlotte, North Carolina – all part of an effort to implement new smart grid technology. The substation’s new solar panels will provide approximately 50kW of electricity, enough to power five homes when the panels […]
The DC Power Partners of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) were well represented at the...
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has released SPECweb2009, new software that adds the ability to measure power consumption to the worldwide standard for web server performance evaluation. SPEC members active in developing the benchmark include AMD, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel and Sun Microsystems. SPECweb2009 replaces SPECweb2005, and results are not comparable to its predecessor. […]
While there were extended discussions about long-term development of completely dc-powered buildings at Darnell’s Green Building Power Forum (GBPF), the recently-formed EMerge...
British Gas and Romag Holdings Plc, a specialist manufacturer of glass and plastic composites for renewable energy applications, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the testing, marketing, distribution and installation of British Gas branded solar power canopies and other related products. Romag’s solar car parking canopy ’PowerPark’ generates electricity for the charging […]
Valence Technology, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of lithium iron magnesium phosphate energy storage solutions, and S&C Electric Co., a developer of new products and services for the stationary electric power industry, announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two companies agree to work together to develop and evaluate […]