The term "smart grid" refers to a conventional power grid with a layer of digital technology applied on top of it to monitor and control electrical transmission and distribution. Two-way digital communications equipment allows granular control of nodes on the grid, such as consumer appliances, to save energy, boost efficiency and increase reliability.
Phil Davis, senior manager at Schneider Electric, and John LoPorto, president and CEO of Power Tagging, give their perspective at the Networked EV 2011 conference in San Francisco.
1 | October 21, 2011 11:57am
When your smartphone is dead and there's no electrical outlet in sight, you're usually out of luck. But if the sun was shining and you were sporting the OffGrid Solar Backpack, you'd have plenty...
1 | July 8, 2011 1:07pm
At the Greentech Media Networked Grid conference in San Francisco, David Leeds, a senior manager with GTM Research, discusses the key characteristics that will give operators digital control over...
4 | May 5, 2011 8:29am
At the Greentech Media Networked EV conference in San Francisco, Kevin Dasso, PG&E's senior director of the smart grid, talks about how plug-in electric vehicles could impact the grid once they...
2 | November 9, 2010 4:13pm
Product designer Yves Behar talks about the design aesthetic behind a new vehicle charging station he created for General Electric. Behar explains how users will interact with the device and...
13 | July 13, 2010 12:32pm
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt unveils an electric vehicle charging station, a new home energy-management device, and a $200 million competition seeking innovative ideas from entrepreneurs for a...
2 | July 13, 2010 11:42am
At the Nordic Green conference in Menlo Park, Calif., Mark Duvall, director of the Electric Power Research Institute, talks to Sven Thesen of Better Place about the economic model associated with...
April 29, 2010 9:42am
California governor discusses new smart grid technologies aimed at helping to reduce energy consumption and fight global warming. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently previewed technologies that...
3 | October 15, 2009 12:19pm
When's the best time to run the dishwasher or do your laundry? With traditional power grids consumers can never be sure, but a smart grid can answer that question and more. SmartPlanet...
14 | August 10, 2009 11:10am
Say goodbye to the utility man coming by your house and reading your meter to calculate your energy usage. Raj Vaswani, CTO of Silver Spring Networks and his team are developing new technologies...
2 | July 24, 2009 8:51am
At Greentech Media's Green Building Summit at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., tech executives discuss the future management of smart-grid technology and whether the balance of power will...
2 | June 17, 2009 10:03am
At the Churchill Club's 11th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends, venture capitalists discuss whether the smart grid and smart meter trends will continue to produce innovation and what the motivating...
1 | May 29, 2009 3:36pm
Today’s Magnetic Resonance Image scans can confirm the presence of a tumor. What they cannot do is tell doctors what is going on inside the tumor. However, UCSF scientists recently developed new...
August 1, 2012 10:14am
SRI International calls it Taurus. The 15-pound robot is being developed by researcher Tom Low to remove a roadside bomb in the middle of a war zone, or a suspicious package in the city....
3 | July 26, 2012 9:48am
There are iPhone cases for the fashionable, the hip and the accident-prone. Now there's one for the absent-minded. Kensington has created an app & case combo that alerts you once you've strayed...
3 | July 19, 2012 4:21pm
Advances in MRI technology and cellular engineering are giving new hope to people fighting Multiple scleroris. SmartPlanet visits the University of California at San Francisco and talks to Prof....
9 | July 12, 2012 9:09am
After witnessing women in desperate conditions delivering babies in African hospitals, Dr. Laura Stachel knew she needed to help. She and Hal Aronson have designed a solar kit that is portable and...
4 | July 5, 2012 12:03pm
We use bandages to protect our wounds, but what if they could accelerate our recovery? Or better yet, make our injuries hurt less. Procellera bandages accomplish that by creating a tiny electric...
3 | June 28, 2012 1:11pm
In the hundreds of millions of Asian, Latin American, and African households where water is only available once every week or two weeks, families lose both time and potential income waiting to...
June 21, 2012 1:12pm
Parents of wee ones are always wishing they had a pair of free hands. The Origami stroller from 4Moms doesn't offer extra limbs, but it does make the dreaded chore of collapsing and unfolding a...
1 | June 14, 2012 12:44pm