This new app addresses the problem associated with the "as-available" nature of solar energy. Since solar generation appears to utilities as "lack of load" rather than generation, utilities struggle to coordinate their generating resources with the variable output of distributed solar (PV). This can have a destabilizing effect on the grid in terms of voltage and frequency. This new app uses three sources of data; two ...more »
App/Services "Killer Ideas"
Green Peak Tweak is designed to engage consumers in changing their energy usage patterns by showing when renewable energy is generated (1). Consumers learn what portion of their energy usage comes from renewable resources. For example, if a consumer used 10kWh from 10AM to 11AM and the system showed that 12.5% of all energy for that period came from renewable sources, then the consumer used 1.25kWh of renewable energy. ...more »
Facilities managers are typically unaware of the suboptimal energy practices that occur in their buildings, (e.g. broken windows letting out heat in the winter, lights left on in unoccupied locked classrooms or office spaces, leaky or broken faucets etc.) which wastes energy and money. The facilities managers often lack information regarding where and when inefficient energy usage occurs, and can have trouble prioritizing ...more »
Welcome to the United Joules of America! This app-game seeks to educate the general public about the challenges facing America’s energy future and challenge players to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. America is one of the biggest energy producers in the World, and a large part of this is coming from unsustainable fossil fuels. However, the general public is mostly illiterate about US energy production ...more »
Air conditioning (AC) and the sedentary lifestyle have created a diabetes epidemic consuming US Federal budget via Medicaid and chronic disease. Use DOE/NIH data to show the growth of disease after the introduction of AC in 1960's. 1/3 of US will be diabetic in 2050 bankrupting US budget through AC caused chronic disease. Build a model of AC taking over the world economy as sedentary lifestyle condemns future generations ...more »
A smart-phone app could be written that would consume GreenButton data and other publicly available data to provide recommendations to the consumer. Individual consumer Load Profile data could be obtained from utility websites, or directly from the homeowner's smart meter (assuming of course that the meter or AMI network also provided a WiFi radio and published GreenButton data directly to consumer smart-phones. Either ...more »
An Andriod Widget to show data highlights per the EIA.gov web page.
People can put the widget onto the tablet desktop for quick and easy viewing.
Killer Idea - Asset Optimization At The Edge Lets re-image how we manage assets. Lets push it to the edge. In today's world, if a field personal or manufacturing line employee needs a wiring diagram, device specific information, etc they have to go digging. And this adds up. Finding the right information about the asset takes time. Lets fix this. Lets leverage mobile tools and QR QC barcoding to put all that information ...more »
Many people are seriously disconnected from the reality of what goes into providing a utility such as electricity. They would have no idea where their electricity comes from, or how it is generated. With this kind of disconnect, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that it is limitless. An app could take a users location and based on the users city, could present information including the source of their electricity ...more »
We need to make web and smart phone app to bring energy awareness to our citizens. An App that is capable of showing various energy users in residential, commercial and industrial settings and their profiles with user interactions for changing the time span to hours, shifts, month, season, years, hours of operation to other variable depending on the energy user type (example HVAC Energy curves depending upon outside ...more »
Because students don’t see a regular electric bill, they do not have any incentive to use electricity responsibly. All of their energy costs are factored into a flat rate housing cost regardless of the amount of electricity used. Universities, however, are often stuck with high energy bills because students are irresponsible. The students have no idea how much they are using, and therefore do not really care about the ...more »
An app that would show the yearly time spent commuting as a single person in a car to and from work for those living 30+ miles away from work. The app would calculate time lost in traffic, carbon emissions created (and impact on health), money spent on fuel, depreciation and maintenance of the car. The app would then with a press of single button provide 3 commute alternatives (train, Bart, ride sharing - tie into Lyft ...more »