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.
In the Netherlands, electric cars are being pushed hard. But are consumers responding?
3 | February 12, 2013 6:58am |
BUENOS AIRES -- As she enters her eighth decade, art world icon and Warhol pal Marta Minujin marries art, plans her death, and explains why art isn't what it used to be.
February 8, 2013 3:00am |
Nowhere is the challenge of the energy-water nexus so acute as in the Middle East. Here's what Abu Dhabi plans to do about it.
26 | February 6, 2013 3:00am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about investment and development in Africa.
February 6, 2013 12:19am |
From transportation to energy systems, city leaders are looking to smart city technology to improve efficiency.
1 | February 5, 2013 9:25am |
Silver Spring Networks and startup Autogrid will mix mesh networking and cloud-based software with big data analytics to help utilities manage energy better.
January 30, 2013 10:04am |
Smarts, spare parts and power: SmartPlanet columnist C.C. Sullivan goes to America's biggest trade show for air-conditioning and sees a good year ahead.
2 | January 30, 2013 4:07am |
Is e-reader data actually a good thing for authors?
3 | January 29, 2013 4:00am |
Clear glass windows; neat rows of rectangular display tables; benches and tables in the back. Sound like a generic -- yet cool -- 21st century store? Yes. And it's one of Apple's newest trademarks.
4 | January 28, 2013 7:31pm |
The automaker has begun using a solar farm adjacent to its Chattanooga manufacturing facility to power up to 12.5 percent of the plant's needs during full production and 100% off production.
3 | January 23, 2013 9:31pm |
Two of the world's top oil and gas producers are transitioning to renewable energy. So why isn't the U.S.? Energy expert Chris Nelder reports from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
30 | January 23, 2013 3:00am |
Architects have mastered the art of defensive building, says SmartPlanet columnist C.C. Sullivan. But can an emerging architecture restore our sense of humanity as well?
2 | January 16, 2013 4:14am |
Google has awarded $2.65 million to the Energy Foundation in an effort to get utilities and states to change how they charge consumers for electricity.
January 15, 2013 10:56am |
While investment in clean energy projects took a dive in many developed countries, it hit a record high in China, according to a year-end report by research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
11 | January 14, 2013 10:43am |
Across Norway's largest fjord. Recharges at dock in 10 minutes.
January 14, 2013 4:55am |
BUENOS AIRES -- Former luxury brand design director Pablo Reinoso has returned to his roots in the fine art world. So why do his benches and frames crawl up walls?
January 11, 2013 1:49am |
BERLIN - Once burdened with abandoned real estate, Germany's capital is now looking to ax vacation rentals to alleviate a current housing shortage.
1 | January 10, 2013 3:00am |
For SmartPlanet's The Take, columnist C.C. Sullivan finds new books (and exhibitions) that will shape the big architecture debates in 2013. Read these new books, if you read any.
4 | January 2, 2013 4:07am |
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 |
BUENOS AIRES -- Just across the Rio de la Plata from Argentina, Uruguay is aiming to become a world leader in wind and other renewable energy by 2015. Can it meet such an aggressive timetable?
2 | December 28, 2012 3:00am |