smart grid

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home's security to boot? Today's smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and

Read More >

High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan

High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan

In order to make Mirai Nihon a reality, TBWAHAKUHODO developed a platform to identify new technologies and innovations that had not yet been commercialized. Next, the firm partnered with Nissan, maker of

Read More >

Toyota Develops System that Enables Electric Vehicles To Power Your Home

Toyota Develops System that Enables Electric Vehicles To Power Your Home

Toyota just announced that it has developed a new vehicle-to-home (V2H) power system for the mutual sharing of power between electric vehicles and homes. The two-way electric power supply system can

Read More >

Nissan and GE Unveil New EV Technology That Lets Your EV Power Your House

Nissan and GE Unveil New EV Technology That Lets Your EV Power Your House

Using the energy from your electric car to power your house during a blackout is an advancement that could be just around the corner, thanks to new technology that General Electric and Nissan showed off

Read More >

South Korea’s Smart Meter Program to Eliminate Need for New Nuclear Reactor by 2016

South Korea’s Smart Meter Program to Eliminate Need for New Nuclear Reactor by 2016

In the wake of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, residents of South Korea are understandably reticent to back plans for any expansion of nuclear power; instead the state-run utility company, Korea

Read More >

The New GeoSpring is GE’s Most Efficient Hybrid Hot Water Heater

The New GeoSpring is GE’s Most Efficient Hybrid Hot Water Heater

Today GE announced the launch of GeoSpring, its most energy-efficient hybrid-electric hot water heater. They also announced the opening of their new GeoSpring manufacturing facility in Lousiville, KY,

Read More >

Industrial Giant ABB Announces Plans for Worldwide Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Industrial Giant ABB Announces Plans for Worldwide Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Switzerland-based industrial machine behemoth ABB just announced plans to throw its weight behind a massive network of electric vehicle charging stations across Europe, the US, and Asia. The company plans

Read More >

China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building

China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building

China just took a massive step forward for renewable energy as it flipped the switch on the world’s largest battery, which will help integrate a solar project and a wind farm into a smart grid. Capable

Read More >

Nissan Leaf’s New Vehicle Charger Lets Your Car Power Your House

Nissan Leaf’s New Vehicle Charger Lets Your Car Power Your House

The Nissan Leaf, heralded as the first all-electric production car, has yet another neat trick up its sleeve. Just unveiled in Japan, the car's charger can send the battery's stored electricity back to

Read More >

Summer Heat Waves Make Our Need for a Smart Grid Even More Apparent

Summer Heat Waves Make Our Need for a Smart Grid Even More Apparent

This past weekend’s 100 degree heat wave in NY may have broken for now, but chances are that another “Heatpocalypse” is coming. As the weather heats up, our utility grids go into overdrive, trying

Read More >

A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

There's a lot of yelping these days about the cost of renewable energy technology but in some cases the investment is just a fraction of the payback. For instance, with a nation wide smart grid in the

Read More >

Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

The German government announced this week that it is accelerating plans to close its nuclear power plants, and Italy is following suit with a one year moratorium. The announcement comes in the wake of the

Read More >

New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

Energy may be our single largest and thorniest issue as we progress into the middle of the 21st century and some seriously big thinking about new ways to produce it will have to become commonplace in

Read More >

Texas Landowners Say “Yes” to Wind Turbines and “No” to Transmission Lines

Texas Landowners Say “Yes” to Wind Turbines and “No” to Transmission Lines

The State of Texas is having an issue convincing its residents to install enough power lines to support its growing wind energy market. Sustainable energy won't do much good unless you can transmit that

Read More >

Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

If you don't believe that we can kick our dependency on fossil fuels to the curb, think again. A newly released study says we can do it by 2030. Authored by Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobsona, the

Read More >

Magnetic Energy Device Could Mean 40% Power Savings

Magnetic Energy Device Could Mean 40% Power Savings

The US Navy is on their way to having 40% of their power come from renewable sources by 2020 and a big part of that move is helping their buildings save energy. They've got their researchers hard at work

Read More >

New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

The grid is about to get a whole lot smarter with the introduction of synchrophasors -- high tech devices that measure and transmit incoming energy data at blinding speeds. When deployed en masse, the

Read More >

Smart Meters Hit Bumps in the Road

Smart Meters Hit Bumps in the Road

Smart meters — utility meters that provide detailed, real-time information on energy use — promise an easy way to bring down residential power consumption. They help consumers sniff out energy hogs

Read More >

Obama Sets Aside $3.4 billion Stimulus to Jump Start “Power Grid 2.0″ in US

Obama Sets Aside $3.4 billion Stimulus to Jump Start “Power Grid 2.0″ in US

You may already know this, but our power grid system has been largely left alone for half a century. We're using inefficient grid technology to try to thread power across our country and in the process

Read More >

Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

A few weeks ago, we looked at Boulder, Colorado's plan to become the first smart grid city. But Boulder isn't the only U.S. city with visions of becoming completely smart meter-equipped. The Pecan Street

Read More >

Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

In last week's Energy 101 column, we took a look at the basics of where our energy comes from now. This week, we're examining the future of energy—specifically, the smart grid. To recap, a smart grid is

Read More >

Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Today we're excited to announce the launch of our new Energy 101 series, in which we'll be exploring the future-forward technologies that stand to upgrade our grids, reduce our energy footprint, and slow

Read More >

Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida's next big community isn't for retirees -- it's for solar energy buffs. Florida Power & Light and development firm Kitson & Partners are collaborating on Babcock Ranch, a 17,000 acre

Read More >

Boulder, CO: America’s First Smart Grid Town

Boulder, CO: America’s First Smart Grid Town

The Smart Grid and all of its energy-saving intelligence is coming to Boulder, Colorado, making this picturesque town at the foot of the Rockies poised to become the nation’s first fully integrated

Read More >

NYC: How to bring electric vehicles to New York City

NYC: How to bring electric vehicles to New York City

A panel lecture entitled “The Road to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles” will be happening at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) on February 11th, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >