“How can we build products so that they work as a general function?”
In the past, most products were built to a user’s specifications. However, many are now built with general guidelines and then sold to a company. These are known as turnkey projects and are prominent in the solar industry.
How the Portuguese island of Porto Santo is Using Smart Technology to Become More Sustainable
“How is the Portuguese island of Porto Santo is Using Smart Technology to Become More Sustainable?“
The Portuguese island of Porto Santo has struggled with energy adoption for years. Being a small piece of land under 42 square kilometers an hour, it had to import most of its energy from fossil fuels.
Thanks to a series of collaboration between industry and the island authorities, Porto Santo is now making strong headway into using smart and sustainable technologies to combat its energy problems. This includes deployment of Vehicle to Grid Technology, Solar Storage Management Systems, and Charging Control Systems.
How Small-Scale Solar is Better Than Large Scale
“How is small-scale solar a cheaper alternative to large-scale grid distribution?”
Conventional wisdom holds that bigger is better. However, this turns out to not hold true in the arena of solar energy. A recent study has shown that when taking transmission and feedback into account, locally generated building-side distributed solar is more cost-effective than its grid-side alternative! Just goes to show the potential of renewable energy.
Energy Storage as a Service
“How can we turn energy storage into a business?”
Traditionally, facilities had only two options for receiving electricity, generating their own or purchasing from a utility. But with the advent of renewable energy and advanced energy storage, this picture is starting to change. Facilities can now enter contracts with organizations to receive energy from energy storage systems. This venture known as Energy Storage as a Service has the potential to generate revenue, create savings, and improve electricity resiliency by providing clean energy at affordable rates
The Water-Food-Energy Nexus
“What is the link between food, water, and energy?”
Although commonly thought of as separate issues, our use of food, water, and energy are actually highly interrelated. For example, agricultural produce is the largest consumer of freshwater resources and takes up to a quarter of energy use, while outdated energy generation techniques such as fracking consume a voluminous amount of water during operation. Because of this, the United Nations has created the concept of The Water-Food-Energy Nexus to educate people about this phenomenon. This problem will become more apparent with the advent of an increasing population.
“How can Neuroscience impact economic theory?”
Neuroscience is one of the fastest expanding fields of science. And its findings have serious implications for other fields of research, far and wide. And one of these includes something not usually thought of as being related, economics. Since economics is becoming increasingly driven by how humans make decisions, one of the factors is must consider is the operating framework of the mind. As a result, the field of neuroeconomics has been born, which has serious implications for the future of the study of human behavior.
California Title 24
“What is the official building energy efficiency standard for California?”
In the U.S, most building efficiency standards are regulated by ASHRAE 90. However, some states go a little bit further with their regulations. In California, a series of codes known as Title 24 is the law of the land. Title 24 contains all of the specifications that a construction firm must consider before going through with a project. These include a requirement for LED lights, motion sensors for buildings, a specified minimum reflectivity for roofs, electrical service panels for disaggregated measurement, and many other variables. California Title 24 is updated every 3 years such that the next set of rules saves more energy than the last.