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Smart EV Charging Trial

Written by , on April 12, 2012

IBM, together with Honda and the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric, is about to start trialling a smart-charging system to charge a fleet of electric vehicles without disrupting the grid. The electricity grid already has the capacity to accommodate millions of plug-in vehicles. The problem arises if there is a concentration of electric vehicles […]  Read more »

Smart Grid Using TV “white space”

Written by , on June 25, 2010

The Plumas and Sierra Counties in California are testing a smart grid using the television broadcasting system’s "white space". "White space" is the part of the broadcast spectrum left vacant when television broadcasting is switched from analogue to digital. It can transmit data significantly faster than the current standard Internet Wi-Fi, and can be broadcast […]  Read more »

Worldwide Race for Smart Grids

Written by , on February 4, 2010

A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers’ homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. Many governments see it as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues. The United States Department of Energy estimates that modernization […]  Read more »

Solar Roadways

Written by , on August 29, 2009

Solar Roadways, an Idaho company, has been given a $100,000 grant by the US Department of Transport to develop a prototype "solar roadway" panel. The company is proposing to develop a 12′ (3.6 metre) square panel covered with super-tough solar cells whcih would be laid on top of a roadway. The solar roadway panels would […]  Read more »

Smart Grid Will Be Far Bigger Than the Internet

Written by , on May 20, 2009

Cisco Systems Vice President, Marie Hattar, estimates that the "smart grid" could be 100 times, or even 1,000 times, the present size of the Internet. The smart grid is a modernised electricity network which would deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability. Over time, people’s […]  Read more »

Google’s “Clean Energy by 2030″ Plan to Save $820 billion

Written by , on November 22, 2008

According to an analysis done by energy experts at Google, the United States could wean itself from coal and oil for electricity generation and nearly halve its petrol consumption by 2030.  The analysis was first published in October but has since been revised in the light of comments and changes such as the decrease in […]  Read more »