As digital technology occupies an ever-widening space in our daily lives, the prospect of total digital control over the household does not seem too far-fetched. In the latest iteration of the ongoing techno-evolution, AT&T recently announced the launch of a service that will give customers remote access to home security and a variety of other home management functions in a single system. READ MORE
Gone are the days when the thought of wind power in some far-off land was strictly a quaint endeavor. Tourists will always have their photo ops of rustic windmills on the farm in Holland or rural Kansas, for that matter. But these days the windmills aren’t just pumping water or oil, and what they are generating is expanding on a scale of global proportions. READ MORE
If wind- and solar-generated electricity are changing the way we look at our relationship to the grid, the transformation is only visible when the sources of that generation are in full force or, more specifically, when the gusts are strong and the sun is high. Storage technology is the key to enabling renewables to overcome their intermittent nature. READ MORE
The volume of energy consumed by buildings and the importance of energy efficiency in reducing that consumption are both now well-established elements of today’s green power movement. At the point where the two converge, building commissioning services are about to take a spin. READ MORE
As the world’s energy markets change and grow, so do the needs of energy providers to safely and efficiently manage the power they deliver.
Ancillary services maintain safe, reliable and secure transmission of energy on the grid. They play an important role in the rapidly changing environment of today’s energy technology. READ MORE
As electric vehicles (EVs) gain momentum in the race to win over motorists, one thing is still slowing them down: Many would-be owners can’t warm up to the idea of the long charging time.
If some analyst projections are correct, slow charging EVs may soon be outdated. READ MORE
Consider it a luxury. As a particular technology matures and becomes widely accepted, a new set of challenges emerge. Such is the case for the smart grid, which is passing the point of being a novelty and entering the realm of accepted practice. Perhaps even the adjective “smart” no longer applies, as there will soon be no difference between grids that are and aren’t. READ MORE
Transformative change often requires major societal shifts to reach and cross the proverbial tipping point. The transition to renewable power is no exception, where the occasional installation of rooftop solar systems and a few hybrid cars buzzing through the neighborhood will not be enough to propel a widespread conversion. READ MORE