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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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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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Carbon Consumption Comparison Project Opportunity (aka C3PO)

Carbon Consumption Comparison Project Opportunity (aka C3PO) or “How Clean Is Your Shirt?” Background: Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), in collaboration with Central Maine Power Company (CMP) and Tilson, Inc. have developed the PowerHouse Student Online Learning Environment (SOLE), a student-focused energy education program to affect household attitudes and behaviors toward energy consumption patterns. PowerHouse ...more »

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Commercial Building Weekly Energy Burn App

The current suite of on-demand energy management tools available for small and medium businesses (<100,000 sq. ft.) tend to be either too simplistic and/or generic to be actionable or too complex to be cost-effective and scalable. These tools also do not leverage modern mobile technology. There are a growing number of mobile apps that leverage key insights from behavioral economics to influence action. These apps successfully ...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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TROT - Truck Routing Optimization Tool

At any given moment in the US, significant numbers of heavy freight trucks (e.g. "18-wheelers", Class 8) are operated over long distances with less-than-full or even empty payloads. This deadheading results from suboptimal coordination between drivers, trucking companies, and customers with freight requirements. Based on fuel costs alone, the economic potential of optimizing annual truck journeys by even 1% is ~$1.1B/yr ...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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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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Power Gambit: A country-wide energy prospecting game

How can we engage the public with the available storehouse of energy data? Visualizations and infographics are compelling, but rarely incorporate a call to action. Given the right tools to access this data, engaged citizens could potentially find solutions to rising energy demands. Crowd sourcing new plans for energy generation on a local level could inform policy and commercial decisions. The Power Gambit app would ...more »

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EnerGene | Smartphone Application

PROBLEM STATEMENT. Increased energy use raises the price of energy, carbon monoxide emissions, and our nation’s dependency on fossil fuels, damaging our ecosystems and fostering greater economic instability. SOLUTION. “EnerGene” is a smartphone application that uses video and audio data to analyze the “energy genetics” of a building while pinpointing sources of energy inefficiency and over-consumption. The application ...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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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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