Dutch Homes Get Free Heating If They Agree To Host A Computer Server. There's a new way for homeowners to save money on their heating bills: by turning their living rooms into data centers.
Startups in Holland, France, and Germany are reimagining the conventional data center model, placing servers inside people's homes instead of out-the-way data farms. In the process, they hope to heat homes from excess computer heat, while lowering costs for their clients. "It's greener, more socially responsible because you're helping a household make ends meet, and you save money," says Boaz Leupe, CEO of a Dutch company called Nerdalize. Nerdalize recently announced a trial with Eneco, Holland's second biggest utility, whereby five homes will install server units disguised as radiators.
In return, owners are reimbursed for the electricity the servers use and get to enjoy the excess heat from the computers—which is considerable. Leupe says 60% of the cost of conventional data farms comes from buying up and putting in the required building. [All Photos: via Nerdalize] Smarter cities מהי"עיר חכמה"? - ישראל. IBM Networking Services. IBM Software Defined Network Enable rapid deployment of your cloud applications with network virtualization Find out more Redefining networks for cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security Cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security place new demands on enterprise LAN, WLAN and data center networks.
IBM can help address these demands. Read the paper Infographic (626KB) Networking for cloud computing Since networks play an essential role in utilizing and connecting IT resources in a cloud environment, its role in that environment should be addressed in the early stages of cloud planning Read the paper (284KB) Upcoming Event Interconnect See IBM Networking Services in action at IBM InterConnect. Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System - Products & Services. End-to-End Connected Grid Network Management Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System helps utilities transform their operations (like smart metering, distribution automation, and substations) for the smart grid with unified network management.
With this system, utility operations share a converged IP-based communications network, and thus manage millions of grid endpoint devices Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System is a software platform that helps to enable a clear separation between communications network management and utility operational applications. These include Distribution Management System (DMS), Outage Management System (OMS), and Meter Data Management (MDM). 8 Charts That Illustrate Progress on DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants. In October 2009, the Department of Energy named 99 projects as winners of a collective $3.4 billion in smart grid investment grants from the federal stimulus package.
Combined with $4.5 billion in private-sector funding to match, the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program represented a $7.9 billion, one-time boost for smart meters, distribution automation, transmission grid intelligence and customer connectivity technology. Now, four years later, we’ve got a new update on how the majority of that money has been spent so far, and what it has accomplished, in the form of DOE’s SGIG Program progress report (PDF).
Along with this update comes a reminder from DOE that $7.9 billion still represents “a relatively small down payment on the hundreds of billions of dollars the electric power industry will need to fully modernize the electric grid over the next several decades.” But as DOE’s report warns, that’s a problematic measure of reliability. IEI SmartMeterUpdate 0914. Consumer Behavior Studies. Close Initiatives that catalyze the industry to modernize the grid.
U.S. Department of Energys Approach for Conducting Consumer Behavior Studies within the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Customer Systems. 8 Charts That Illustrate Progress on DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants. 50 Million US Smart Meters and Counting. U.S. utilities are fast approaching the point where smart meters are the norm, not the exception, with nearly 50 million networked, two-way communicating smart meters up and running across the country as of July 2014.
That’s about 43 percent of the country, up from about 33 percent as of mid-2012, according to Wednesday’s report from the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (PDF). At the same time, only 4 million new meters were added since July 2013, about the same level of growth as the previous twelve months, but way down from the days when billions of dollars in Department of Energy stimulus grants were fueling the industry.
Utilities shopping for smart meters today aren’t looking for matching funds to spend anymore. Instead, they’re asking whether or not smart meters can deliver the benefits in grid operational insight, customer connectivity and distributed energy integration that they’re looking for. Systems Integration. Smart Meters statistics. Smart meter example. Powercom - Electricity Meters. Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits - FuelRfuture. Washington Post Chris Mooney January 29,2015 Rod Valencia installs a smart meter for CenterPoint Energy on June 5, 2009, in Houston.
(Pat Sullivan/AP) Five years ago came the promise: A great new way of saving money on your energy bills was on its way. An impressive new device called a “smart meter” — a key component of the much touted “smart grid” — would let consumers actually see how much power they’re using in their homes, thus empowering them to change their habits and slash their bills. President Obama heralded the innovation: “Smart meters will allow you to actually monitor how much energy your family is using by the month, by the week, by the day, or even by the hour,” he said in 2009, as the federal government unleashed a $3.4 billion Smart Grid investment.
Lofty words — but when it comes to changing people’s energy behavior, the smart meter revolution so far hasn’t been very revolutionary. The problem of “rational inattentiveness” Show me the money Enter behavioral science. Denso home energy management system. DENSO Corporation has jointly developed a home energy management system (HEMS) with TOYOTA Housing Corporation and Misawa Homes Co., Ltd.
The HEMS, DENSO's first such product of its kind, has optional functions that work with plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. It will be available in the Japanese market in or after February 2012. "As plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles become more widespread, we recognized that it's possible to realize a more environmentally friendly society by connecting and coordinating these types of vehicles and home energy usage," said Koji Kobayashi, executive vice president of DENSO Corporation.
"DENSO will not only contribute to the development of environmentally friendly vehicles, but also to the development of products that help improve home energy efficiency. " How HEMS Works: DENSO's HEMS consists of a control unit and a 7-inch touch panel monitor, installed inside the house. Opower. What is the Smart Grid? Maybe you have heard of the Smart Grid on the news or from your energy provider.
But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid. "The grid," refers to the electric grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to your home or business. It’s what you plug into when you flip on your light switch or power up your computer. Our current electric grid was built in the 1890s and improved upon as technology advanced through each decade. What is the Smart Home.
How will the Smart Grid affect your home?
It won’t look very different, but behind the scenes a lot will be happening. Smart grid. A smart grid is an electrical grid which includes a variety of operational and energy measures including smart meters, smart appliances, renewable energy resources, and energy efficiency resources. Electronic power conditioning and control of the production and distribution of electricity are important aspects of the smart grid.  Smart grid policy is organized in Europe as Smart Grid European Technology Platform. Policy in the United States is described in 42 U.S.C. ch. 152, subch. IX § 17381. Roll-out of smart grid technology also implies a fundamental re-engineering of the electricity services industry, although typical usage of the term is focused on the technical infrastructure. Background Historical development of the electricity grid In the 20th century local grids grew over time, and were eventually interconnected for economic and reliability reasons.