Environment, Grid, Home

An Introduction to The Smart Grid

Marketing and advertising groups often have a tendency to capitalize on technological trends faster than engineers and users can settle into the technology itself. Perhaps it’s no surprise that it is difficult to hold back the motivation to get a product to market and profit. Right now the most glaring example is the practice of […]

via How Smart is the Grid? — Hackaday

Environment, Grid, Home, Solar

ECube, EconX Alleged of Patent Infringement by Bigbelly

Smart city solutions company Bigbelly, Inc.  has filed a patent infringement complaint against Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea), Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.), and EconX Waste Solutions B.V. (Netherlands) for two patents covering energy management technologies for solar powered compactors.

smart city

These patented technologies are used by Bigbelly’s waste and recycling system for managing an energy budget based upon the solar energy harvested and the energy needs of the station. According to Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, “The patents we are asserting represent important technologies in our IP portfolio and are vital to the basic function of a solar powered compactor.  They enable Bigbelly to operate with or without direct sunlight and in any location. These lawsuits seek to stop infringement of our patented technologies.” Bigbelly has filed complaints in the U.S. (California) and Germany.

 

 

 

Electric, Environment, Home

Georgia Power Announces Instant Rebates on LED Bulbs

Georgia Power is providing instant-rebates of up to $4 a bulb on select ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. The utility is collaborating with The Home Depot, Costco, Ace Hardware, Dollar Tree, and True Value. The selected products have a Georgia Power tag, and the rebate is available at the register. Shoppers can find participating retailers on GeorgiaPower.com/Lighting.

energy efficient lightingCustomers can also save up to $3 per bulb by shopping online at the Georgia Power Marketplace. ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights have a life of up to 25 years and use a quarter of energy used by conventional incandescent lights.