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Server room rack energy modeling tool

Mid size server rooms need open source tools to evaluate rack components for energy efficiency. Cornell has proposed using wireless antennae to replace fiber and ether connections. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~jyshin/papers/ancs2012_shin.pdf This could save energy but may complicate rack design and security. Vendors have promoted Converged Network Adapters (CNA) and supporting switches to save energy. CNAs complicate rack ...more »

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Household Sustainability Actionable Report

Unlike many businesses that have metrics regarding sustainability households do not have a way to determine the best way to become more sustainable. Using location data for air quality, cost of gas, electricity a household sustainability report is generated to inform household how to make the biggest impact for sustainability. For example, if a household is in a city where air quality is an issue, the sustainability ...more »

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BulbCycle - Cataloging the Life Cycle of Light Bulbs

I love inefficient incandescent light bulbs, they’re cheap, they’re reliable, they get the job done and I can get rid of them easily. I want to like the alternatives and I want my fellow citizens to like the alternatives. I’ve tried to use Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) but the longevity claims seem specious and I cannot stomach the price of LED alternatives. In my house, CFLs seem to burn out before incandescent ...more »

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Building Efficiency Network (BEN) - Social Media Site for Bldgs

BEN's goals are to harness technology and human psychology to influence people’s behavior towards implementing building efficiency. BEN would provide a means to quickly distribute information about programs, incentives, features, practices, etc., by combining analytics and tools that are already available. In return, BEN would allow for mass crowd-sourcing of energy building data. BEN would be a social networking service ...more »

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Photo- tagging energy inefficiency throughout a facility

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 »

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Residential Solar Calculator

The Residential Solar Calculator is a web application that helps users make estimate their return on investment for installing residential solar panels. Our application seeks to address two major issues: 1. Generating a reasonable estimate of power generation capacity and revenue for a solar installation 2. Overcoming the fixed cost burden associated with panel installation The basic calculation of energy generated ...more »

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NoEnergyBill.com

The problem: Currently, it's too difficult for homeowners to adopt alternative energy solutions in their household. While there's a wealth of information online about alternatives like solar cells and wind energy, it's often difficult to turn that into specific action items or specific next steps. Even harder is calling different companies and providers (e.g. solar panel installers) and getting quotes, which often times ...more »

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The Consumer Consumption & Carbon Commitment Consortium

[The Consumer-Consumption & Carbon-Commitment Consortium]: - The first Social, carbon-offset company, driving human behavioral changes through financial rewards and social recognition. Consumers (we) take a commitment to reduce our energy consumption and carbon-footprint. We are financially rewarded for achievements, and penalized for overage. All it takes to win is a little bit of conscious effort! Areas monitored ...more »

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Building DOE Infrastructure for Web Services and Linked Data

My idea is to have the DOE work in a public/private partnership with a group of expert information system architects who can help the DOE develop open Web services and linked data approaches to achieving th American Energy Data Challenge vision. Ideally, the DOE's diverse databases and data streams will become a seamless part of an even larger pool of energy data that can be tapped for everything from simple charts to ...more »

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Smart Meter Interval Data: Availability Info Needed

Smart meter installations and pledges to support Green Button have been a big step in the right direction. Yet, at present, many utility consumers cannot access their data from newly installed meters. Ultimately, a meter is only "smart" if its data is available to its user. PROBLEM Information about smart meter "deployment" is usually narrowly focused on whether advanced ("smart") metering infrastructure (AMI) has ...more »

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Predictive analytics of near-future energy pricing

Develop predictive analytics software to forecast near-future energy pricing by extracting data from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) website including the historical prices of gasoline, crude oil, and electricity. Based upon these historical energy pricing trends, predicted weather patterns, location, and Monte-Carlo analysis that predicts future geopolitical events, extreme weather events, discovery ...more »

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Team Smart Washa - best idea existing dataset

We love the electric utility rates database. It allows customers to see the cost per kWh. If the market decides to go to time of use (TOU) then we have a pretty neat idea to make this database more valuable. If you could build this as a dynamic platform that updates in real time developers could use this dataset to create smart machines, like a smart washer machine. We When the price is right. The device turns on. ...more »

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