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Best Gamification Books - Where to start and Why Here's a list I wanted to share with you all on (almost) all the books that you should read if you are to become a gamification expert (still a long way for me, want to join?) So what should I read and is there any order I have to follow? YES! Just follow the list! Introduction to Gamification: The very basics How can I reduce energy use in my city? Smart energy solutions give citizens, businesses and local government the tools and systems they need to reduce their energy usage and costs. In this collection of articles and resources, you’ll find reports about cities deploying smart street lights, smart grids, intelligent building systems, renewable power plants and other projects designed to use energy more efficiently. Scroll to the end for financing ideas. Articles 8 Spanish cities cut energy consumption by 64% with smart street lighting Eight Spanish cities reduced electricity consumption by 64% with efficient lights and smart controls at every lighting point.

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.

Bartle's Taxonomy of Player Types (And Why It Doesn't Apply to Everything) Richard Bartle co-created MUD (Multi-User Dungeon), the text-based precursor to today's MMORPGs, while studying at Essex University. He ended up formulating the theory that all MUD players could be broken down into four main types: killers, achievers, explorers, and socializers. This theory has since been used in all sorts of game design situations where it doesn't apply - let's look at what exactly it does tell us. MUD is a text-based adventure game (no graphics at all, only text) that had the then-unique attribute of being able to be played alongside other human players. It was one of the first online persistent worlds created, and you can still grab a MUD client today, connect to a server and play. It's a simplified version of pen and paper role-playing games in that the player has to imagine the world according to the information the Game Master (the server and the writer of the game, in this case) provides.

How Utilities Are Using Blockchain to Modernize the Grid Executive Summary Blockchain has grabbed the attention of the heavily regulated power industry as it braces for an energy revolution in which both utilities and consumers will produce and sell electricity. This coming shift is prompting the industry to focus on blockchain’s potential to make peer-to-peer energy trading a reality. If the technology proves to be reliable and scalable, it may ultimately accelerate the transition to what the energy industry calls a “distributed world” made up of both large and smaller power-generation systems for homes, businesses, and communities.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Customer Systems Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers. Customer systems include in-home displays, home area networks, energy management systems, and other customer-side-of-the-meter equipment that enable smart grid functions in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. SGDP Smart Meters Installed and Operational Deployed as of March 31, 2015 * Counts include both federal and recipients' cost-share monies Top 10 Best Video Game Spinoffs Video Game spinoffs aren't actually as common as you might think. Sure, games have tons of sequels, but those don't really count, and mashups like Marvel vs. Capcom or Super Smash Bros. are in a category of their own. To be a spinoff, a game has to be totally separate from the main series, with a totally separate story or set of mechanics that is still somehow related to the original line. Since the majority of the game-playing populace out there reacts negatively when their favorite franchise's formula is altered, most of these games fail.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources begins project to replace wasteful electrical Water heating tanks - Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Silvan Shalom: “The Ministry’s consumer perspective is reflected in several campaigns conducted in recent years, as in the replacement of about 15,000 electrical water heating tanks that waste energy and consume large amounts of electricity … We will do everything from a genuine public perspective that looks at what is good for the energy economy, the State of Israel and the consumer. The overall consideration must be based on a broad outlook.” The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources began yesterday (April 21, 2013) its project to replace wasteful electrical water heating tanks for the entire population of Israel, and to subsidize the purchase of an economical solar water heating tank.

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. Today, it consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines. Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test – Massively Overpowered Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn’t actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined the four player archetypes — killer, socializer, achiever, and explorer — but the test based on that paper was created a few years later by Erwin Andreasen and Brandon Downey and named in his honor.

Science Fair Project Ideas for Energy Savers Sometimes the hardest part of a science fair project is knowing where to start. That's why it is best to begin by simply asking, "What am I interested in learning more about?" If you are curious about energy, electricity, and the environment, we've got some great ideas for you. Using less electricity can help reduce your carbon footprint and cut your home's energy bill to boot. The first step is to understand when and how you use it.