The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

Edgar Meza writes on the Clean Energy Wire website about German plan that would help the energy sector “de-bureaucratise” and accelerate the rollout of smart meters. What are your views?   Germany aims to push energy efficiency with digitalisation strategy The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy  that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency in the … Continue reading The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

“No matter how many supply-side resources we pour into the mix, the perfect blend will elude us until we stop treating demand-side flexibility as a final flourish of glitter”

With REPowerEU underway, Europe’s energy and climate strategy demands a rapid change of scenery. We must utilise the full palette of solutions available, including household flexibility, says Sophie Yule-Bennett from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in an article on the FORESIGHT Climate & Energy website.   House power: the hidden powerhouse of the new energy … Continue reading “No matter how many supply-side resources we pour into the mix, the perfect blend will elude us until we stop treating demand-side flexibility as a final flourish of glitter”

Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

 New technology can zap salt water to ensure good quality and do it almost instantaneously. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses the new innovation in an article on The Independent website.   New invention turns seawater into drinking water at the push of a button Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water … Continue reading Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses how human body heat can be used to adjust temperatures. He said we can develop “smart buildings” able to adjust their heating based on the number of people in a room and the expected resulting increase … Continue reading How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

Smart traffic lights could cut emissions by a quarter

Is this the future for better traffic flow in urban areas? Smart traffic lights are now being tested in Britain. Graeme Paton discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Smart traffic lights get green light for cutting emissions by a quarter A new generation of smart traffic lights could be introduced … Continue reading Smart traffic lights could cut emissions by a quarter

COVID-19 crisis shows the need to optimise the hygiene, safety and energy efficiency of buildings

Education facilities have had to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis with a combination of on-site and study from home. Making buildings smart allows this flexibility – whether from the perspective of hot-desking, agile changes of use, security and safety, or enhanced ability to morph to volatile circumstances. Mark McLoughlin discusses the benefits of going smaart … Continue reading COVID-19 crisis shows the need to optimise the hygiene, safety and energy efficiency of buildings

Irish renewable energy experts designing “next generation” smart buildings

Lorna Siggins writes on The Times website about a project in Ireland that is focusing on smart buildings where different technologies “talk” to each other. This is part of a larger  IDEAS Horizon 2020 project   Experts develop new wave of smart buildings Irish renewable energy experts are designing “next generation” smart buildings where different … Continue reading Irish renewable energy experts designing “next generation” smart buildings

Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

Charlotte Johnson, Senior Researcher in urban communities and resources at University College London raises an important issue in an article on The Conversation website about critical gender issues that affect all our lives.   The world is designed for men – but smart energy systems don't have to be Air conditioned offices often take average … Continue reading Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

An estimated 5.4 million electric water heaters in South African homes and public buildings use around 40 GWh of energy per day, requiring 12% of operational capacity from the electricity grid at peak times. MJ (Thinus) Booysen, Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University explains the benefits of smart water … Continue reading How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

Possibility of new Tesla product: smart homes

Elon Musk is in the news regularly.  Known for his electric cars, energy storage and many other products, there are hints he may also be considering smart homes.  Fred Lambert explains in an article on the electrek website   Elon Musk hints at a ‘Tesla Smart Home’ with more efficient air conditioning Tesla CEO Elon … Continue reading Possibility of new Tesla product: smart homes