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Efficiency Wars

Compete for the highest efficiency score using Green Button data on your phone! Neighbor versus neighbor to nation versus nation. This can be built as a game feature within a single energy-monitoring application. Anonymize each player by zip code, and compete with fellow users on percentage change from energy usage baseline. Multiple exponential moving averages are used to weight the scoring for long term changes in ...more »

Submitted by (@nick27)

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Reduce traffic congestion and pollution

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 »

Submitted by (@deepsahni)

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Solar Generation Feedforward to Peaking Generating Plants

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 »

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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 »

Submitted by (@acmercado)

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Free Solar Education for all U.S. homeowners

Half a million homeowners have gone solar in the US. Another 25 million homeowners can go solar and save money doing so, but they have had no education about going solar. SolarList wants to reach these homeowners. We offer free home solar assessment to homeowners across the US. Until now, every process of educating a homeowner has been done by a sales professional, but SolarList enables this process to happen on the web ...more »

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Disaggregating form EIA-861

The Energy Information Administration portal to data is enormously useful for understanding the electric utility industry. The Form EIA-860, Annual Electric Generator Report; Form EIA-861, Annual Electric Power Industry Report; and Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report are particularly useful for electric utility analysis analysis. I have used these data-files statistical analysis on utility performance by ownership ...more »

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The Transparent Cost Database Enables Energy Innovation

As energy researchers, the Department of Energy datasets are the foundation of our work. Choosing the most valuable among them is like being asked to choose the most valuable book from a library – the value comes from the library itself, not the single book. Yet, no dataset in recent memory has proved more important than OpenEI.gov’s new Transparent Cost Database (http://en.openei.org/apps/TCDB/). This database displays ...more »

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The United Joules of America

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 »

Submitted by (@petersun825)

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Climate Resilient Grid for Renewable Energy Trading Platform

Problem: A 95% confidence level for man-made anthropogenic emissions as the cause of climate change (global warming) necessitates a transition from a fossil-fuel based paradigm of energy, to a paradigm of conditionally infinite resources of energy, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, among others. This necessity is justified by (1) the ‘cost’ of severe-weather related damage on infrastructure and; (2) the potential ...more »

Submitted by (@raul00)

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Incremental Energy Consumption Breakdown Application / Website

Problem Statement: There is no immediate feedback between energy consumption and its cost to consumers. Electricity and gas bills arrive once every two months. Even when consumers are told to save energy, they are reluctant to do so due to the delayed feedback. Description of the Solution: A website, and/or a smartphone application, that would show consumers their energy usage in daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly ...more »

Submitted by (@ilyakaminsky)

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ENACT

Executive summary: enACT offers a SaaS-based marketplace for homeowners to find energy upgrade investments, service providers and financing. enACT is not only an customer origination platform but also a powerful marketing analytics and CRM platform for a broad range of partners. The problem: Home energy retrofits including clean energy creates huge value (on average $1000 savings per year), and is a $10 billion per ...more »

Submitted by (@d.chakraborty)

Link to Design : http://www.enacthome.com

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UseGreenEnergy.Today

The environmental impact of electricity varies in real time throughout the day. People want to use cleaner energy, and grid operators want people to reduce demand at peak times. What if there were a way to do both? UseGreenEnergy.Today (http://usegreenenergy.today/) is a fun way to learn how to shift electricity use to times when there's more renewable energy available. This shift has the added benefit of tending to decrease ...more »

Submitted by (@jacek.szamrej)

Link to Design : http://UseGreenEnergy.Today

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