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.
Your window might be an unlikely place to plug-in your smartphone, but a team of designers has made that possible with a novel take on the portable charger.
1 | April 29, 2013 7:31pm |
The big glass panels that are built into skyscrapers could soon produce solar power.
2 | May 12, 2013 7:44pm |
BARCELONA -- Part 1 in a two-part series: France and Spain are set to lead the world's biggest, 18-billion-euro physics experiment. What could go wrong?
13 | March 28, 2013 1:44am |
Honeywell is going high end with its new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and is tapping its formidable sales and distribution channels to turn up the heat on its competition.
1 | April 24, 2013 8:37pm |
Has the photovoltaic industry's agonizing four-year run of squeezed profits and bankruptcies ended? And will people still buy as the cost climbs?
45 | April 24, 2013 3:41am |
The Spanish city of Santander is blanketing streets with wireless sensors to track its every move. But the CEO of a sensor manufacturer says success depends on open data and citizen involvement.
1 | May 9, 2013 3:00am |
The bloom is sliding off the rose of renewables. Electric and hybrid vehicles losing favor too. What about nuclear?
28 | May 16, 2013 4:51am |
Internet giant, aerospace firm and renowned venture capitalists pop up together in the quest for energy's Holy Grail.
18 | February 15, 2013 5:25am |
A small New Jersey company has reported a big step toward cracking nuclear fusion, the elusive energy source that many people regard as the Holy Grail of power.
48 | March 28, 2012 6:22am |
Home thermostats have undergone a serious makeover, but they're only as good at curbing energy consumption as humans are -- for now.
9 | April 11, 2013 3:00am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why baseload power generation from nuclear and coal plants will be phased out in favor of renewables.
108 | March 28, 2012 5:00am |
Boeing's concept SUGAR Volt plane features foldable wings and uses a combination of electric and traditional fuel power.
20 | December 30, 2012 1:52pm |
Solar power added twice as much to the grid in the first quarter of 2013 as it did in all of 2012.
7 | April 22, 2013 3:10am |
Nest Labs has partnered with several utilities to take the intelligence embedded in its learning thermostat beyond the home and onto the grid.
1 | April 23, 2013 2:29pm |
Air-conditioned clothing with built-in battery-powered electric fans are selling like hotcakes.
5 | July 25, 2011 2:46am |
From cell phones to televisions to hospital equipment, there's energy in the air all around us. Now, researchers have discovered how to harness this ambient energy and use it to power other devices.
37 | July 12, 2011 4:00am |
Smart elevators know where you're going and the quickest way to get there, eliminating endless waits and crowded cars that stop at every floor.
3 | July 17, 2012 1:00am |
If anyone asks where the spirit of invention has gone in the United States, look no further than its green technology start-ups. New businesses are cropping up in places like Allentown and...
April 19, 2012 9:05pm |
After seven years and more than $50 million, Seattle shuts down its free Wi-Fi network. Why is municipal broadband so hard?
6 | May 8, 2012 7:21am |
Are 3D printers worth the price? C.C. Sullivan of SmartPlanet asks architects at the AIA convention and hears that the future of design is fully three-dimensional.
2 | May 17, 2012 3:45am |