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.
The U.S. government spying scandal has implicated programs that secure critical infrastructure, protect intellectual property, and make commercial software more reliable.
15 | June 16, 2013 11:48am |
Electricity for the grid and for water desalination plants, from a little known Canadian company. Saudi Arabia interested too.
4 | May 28, 2013 5:55am |
The bloom is sliding off the rose of renewables. Electric and hybrid vehicles losing favor too. What about nuclear?
31 | May 16, 2013 4:51am |
The big glass panels that are built into skyscrapers could soon produce solar power.
2 | May 12, 2013 7:44pm |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
Centralized power grids are becoming less reliable. That means a growing market for microgrids.
1 | April 1, 2013 10:08am |
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 |
Approaching its one-year anniversary, the public/private partnership is nurturing 20-25 projects for advanced Internet applications and reframing the national conversation on broadband.
1 | March 27, 2013 3:00am |
Silver Spring Networks saw its shares spike 29 percent during its stock exchange debut this morning, giving hope that, yes, investors are still interested in the smart grid.
March 13, 2013 9:28am |
Are you a robot? Can't cope in a world of humans? Don't despair. Like Bogart's Rick in Casablanca, an online brain called Rapyuta can think for you.
March 12, 2013 5:47am |
BARCELONA -- The time where everyone can be off the grid is near. A dispatch from this year's Mobile World Congress show.
March 1, 2013 3:06am |
Modular solutions can speed the construction process, but only when they contribute positively to the overall precision and elegance of an architectural design.
1 | February 27, 2013 3:00am |
Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. will be offered a different kind of add-on when they buy car: a home solar power system.
7 | February 20, 2013 8:26am |
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 |