Friday, December 4, 2009

SmartSynch intros GridRouter for smart meters and the electric companies that love them

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/04/smartsynch-intros-gridrouter-for-smart-meters-and-the-electric-c/

The last time we heard from SmartSynch it had inked a deal with AT&T to provide communications between its smart energy products and power companies. Now the company's back with a little something called the GridRouter, an IP-based device based that connects appliances, smart grids, and utilities -- no matter which communication protocol is used. The device is built on an open platform since the current grid is a mish-mash (or a hodge-podge, if you will) of proprietary hardware and software, and includes WiMax and Wi-Fi capabilities. Sounds like it just might be the thing for utilities struggling to catch up to the 21st century smarter energy revolution -- and those of you who are really, really into Google's PowerMeter beta. Want to give it a spin? Hit the source link to get in touch with the company. PR after the break.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thermally-Activated Roof Tiles Change Color to Conserve Energy [Saving Energy]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/61brwbcDeWI/thermally+activated-roof-tiles-change-color-to-conserve-energy

Since black roof tiles absorb heat and white ones reflect it, we should all just plain re-do our roofs biannually to save energy as the seasons change. Or maybe just get roof tiles that change color on their own.

A bunch of MIT students came up with this funky-looking roofing material, dubbed Thermeleon, which changes color based on temperature. According to initial studies, "in their white state, the tiles reflect about 80 percent of the sunlight falling on them, while when black they reflect only about 30 percent." This would translate into about a 20 percent saving on cooling costs in the summer.

Pretty neat, but unfortunately there are no plans to commercialize the tiles yet, and even if there were you'd probably have quite a battle with your home owners association to install them. [MIT News via Gizmag]




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