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Microgrids for Server farms

I manage a server farm for State of NM. Google, NSA and others use large server rooms to manage web based data. A standardized public domain power modeling tool is needed at their sites to manage their zones of control. We created a model of power resources for the farm using public software. Power grids in the Southwest US depend on natural gas for peak loading in summer. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/GeneMachine/718595 ...more »

Submitted by (@henry.brown)

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IRacha - Rank utility charge at once

IRacha ranks utility rate based on the monthly charge. It does so in state and in the U.S as well. IRacha emphasizes on easy-to-use user interface so that the users can do anything by just clicking. Comparing this feature to http://en.openei.org/wiki/Gateway:Utilities, the website requires typing rather than just single clicking to do anything useful. This would be the first website to rank every utility monthly charge ...more »

Submitted by (@skawashima)

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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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Grid or Equipment Failure Notification

Using meter data alone (green button) one could determine whether a parties' electric power were disconnected and notify the party of the outage so that appropriate action could be taken, especially in the even there are potentially negative consequences. Using thermostat readings from a communicating thermostat, in concert with local weather data, can easily determine when an air conditioning system has failed for any ...more »

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SIMULATION PLATFORM FOR SMART GRIDS AND MICROGRIDS

Description -- What is the idea? The opening of the electricity markets has produced modifications in the distribution planning strategies and new structures called Microgrids. Thus, distribution utilities are submerged in deep changes such as those in their regulatory frameworks (traditional regulation based on service cost is being replaced by regulation based on system performance). Within these new regulatory schemes, ...more »

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Oroeco - Earn rewards for living your values!

In our globalized world we are increasingly removed from the production systems that create the products and services we use everyday. Each dollar we spend and invest has social and environmental impacts linked to global supply chains we depend upon, we just can’t easily see these impacts, compare choices and add everything up. We’re voting with our wallets every day, but we don’t really know what we’re voting for and ...more »

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Gasoline and diesel price app

This app would show the price of the gasoline or diesel, depending on the region of the United States the user is. The location may be set up manually of by use of the GPS. It may also be shown the map of the US with the different prices on the market for each State. If the person is going to travel, the app could show the best route based on factors such as time of travell or distance, price of gasoline or diesel and ...more »

Submitted by (@artur2d2)

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A “Group-on” for Electric Utilities

Problem statement: We propose an app to drive and facilitate a new operation mode for electric utilities: neighborhood-level discounts as reward for reduced energy consumption in a smart grid setting. This idea is inspired by Groupon, a website that sells products based on consumer consensus. By analogy, we propose that when enough people collectively agree to reduce energy consumption or to shift energy consumption ...more »

Submitted by (@cristinel.ababei)

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Automobile social metering network

Automobile operators are not aware of how they could save money by increasing fuel efficiency in their vehicle. There is no vivid relationship between hard earned dollars and a driver’s driving profile. Consumers and automobile operators do not have a firm grasp on the total cost of providing energy to their automobile and how efficient or inefficient their automobile operates. I propose that automobile operators ...more »

Submitted by (@e03179)

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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 »

Submitted by (@angi616)

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Smart Meter Monitoring - App and Hardware Idea

One of the biggest challenges in getting consumers to watch their energy spend is that by the time they get their electricity bill, it's already too late. Similar to credit card spend, consumers are less likely to act when their spend total is out of sight, out of mind. My idea is to develop a service that provides live readings of electricity use that consumers can view directly on their tablet or mobile device. The ...more »

Submitted by (@andrew.h.jiang)

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Residential demand response using Smart Meters

Many environmental and economic benefits of the smart grid have yet to be realized by residential users. One of the most promising smart grid technologies is demand response in which load reductions supplant the need to spin up expensive and carbon intensive “peaker plants”. While common in commercial and industrial sectors, demand response has not penetrated the residential market. Current residential demand response ...more »

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