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.
Experts talk about investment opportunities in "technology that will provide clean, renewable and efficient energy solutions for individuals, corporations and governments."
5 | March 2, 2010 4:00am |
Welcome to SmartPlanet's newest blog, Intelligent Energy. From oil to wind to hydro to thermal power, contributor Melissa Mahony will bring us the latest energy news and help us understand how it...
2 | March 1, 2010 11:25am |
Profit and patriotism are the routes out of the climate crisis.
12 | February 26, 2010 9:02am |
Sixty-eight percent of consumers have never heard of the smart grid and 63 percent draw a blank about smart meters, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. Meanwhile, consumers think smart...
3 | February 25, 2010 4:39am |
It seems few CIO bother to blog these days, but one of the most robust is Navy CIO Robert Carey's. He just outlined his top 10 priorities for 2010 and candidly discusses a range of other IT topics.
February 23, 2010 2:10pm |
From coral reef fisheries and food allergies to the science of superheroes, an annual meeting of scientists covers all the bases.
2 | February 23, 2010 4:00am |
In some ways the Bloom Energy device is regressive. Any kind of hydrocarbon gas is the feedstock -- it can use natural gas or biogas -- and one of the outputs is carbon dioxide.
1 | February 22, 2010 11:40am |
Would you buy a plug-in electric hybrid car if it could make you money while it was parked?
7 | February 19, 2010 12:40pm |
The Department of Energy is offering $8 billion in loan guarantees to break ground on a new nuclear power plant in Maryland. Will this be the start of a nuclear building boom?
19 | February 16, 2010 10:53am |
Data center operator Telx keeps better tabs on its energy demand with a service from energy information management company, EnerNOC.
1 | February 12, 2010 4:04am |
Southern California will soon leverage the smart grid to shift on-peak electrical consumption to off-peak periods by delivering power stored in blocks of ice.
February 11, 2010 1:32pm |
Promoting the idea that being zero (at least when it comes to carbon footprints) is a pretty cool thing
Most people can't be expected to change their energy consumption if they can't visualize the impact. That's where Zerofootprint Software steps in.
February 11, 2010 7:59am |
Energy industry stakeholders and regulators are trying to secure the smart grid and just finished a second draft report that identifies 120 points of vulnerability. Can we guarantee the...
3 | February 8, 2010 6:20am |
As utilities roll out smart grids, they will significantly increase their spending on cybersecurity through 2015, according to Pike Research.
2 | February 4, 2010 3:41am |
When your business is recycling, it makes sense to be as green as you can about your own internal business processes.
February 2, 2010 1:31pm |
Battery technology is undergoing unprecedented change. The change is so rapid that innovations can't get into mass production before another innovation promising even more takes its place in the...
12 | February 2, 2010 12:26pm |
The number of smart electricity meters in the field are set to explode in the next 5 years, according to ABI Research. Smart electricity meters allow for two-way communication between the meter...
4 | January 28, 2010 8:05am |
Honda has started operation of a next generation solar hydrogen station prototype. This home fueling system is designed to refuel fuel cell electric vehicles.
10 | January 27, 2010 4:37am |
Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will make up nearly 20 percent of the global market by 2030, according to a new report.
1 | January 26, 2010 2:08pm |
With all the money flowing into the smart grid, a new report provides a sense of the potential impact of these investments.
1 | January 22, 2010 9:41am |