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What can VR do for Energy Efficiency?

Energy efficiency is a continually evolving puzzle of ideas, potentials, technologies and solutions. From variable speed drives, demand response to behavioral change and investments, energy efficiency it its broadness and dynamics is both the exciting and most demanding area of current energy technology development as well as sustainability policies.

When in 2011 we started EEIP (Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes), we hoped to make a conservative industry more exciting and more open. We did this on then growing and exciting social media. With rocketing uptake and growth of our network we realized an immense internal dynamics in energy efficiency. It took us by surprise. Energy efficiency is global, it is happening. We worked to connect suppliers to the energy users, best available technologies to the projects and financing to ensure successes.

The biggest obstacle to energy efficiency in business is not lack of awareness of energy used, or ability to pass energy costs to customers, or the lack of funding or perceived risk in investing in energy efficiency. The barrier is energy efficiency information flow. Energy saving technologies are existing, improving and developing in technologies and often becoming more affordable.

EEIP has been a market leader in use of social media to communicate industrial energy efficiency. Nascent mobile Virtual Reality (VR) technologies are the logical next step to explore how to improve this communication.

Virtual reality headsets are reaching mass-market. With Google Daydream Virtual Reality is becoming mainstream. What could be a potential for business-to-business marketing. These can range from developing and showing prototypes. Having an energy efficiency product or service at hand and being able to demonstrate to a potential investor or customer. With VR, providers already have software on the market that can help them with creation of prototypes that can be adjusted as needed and integrated into virtual energy management models.

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Could gamification hold the key to driving demand response?

Households across the North East of England have been invited to engage with demand response initiatives through a new gamification platform developed by TheGenGame, Open Energi and Northern Powergrid.

Halfway through a three-year trial, TheGenGame syncs with participant’s home appliances and allows households to score points by improving their energy load. According to the developers the game has the potential to significantly boost consumer engagement with energy and free up capacity on the UK grid.

Managing director at GenGame Stephane Lee-Favier, says: “Our goal is for people to be drawn to TheGenGame for fun first. We focus on building a product that looks and feels like a mobile game rather than a traditional utility engagement app.

“The results we’re seeing in terms of how players are changing their electricity use to win, and success we’ve had recruiting players for our closed trials through digital marketing tells us we’re on the right track.”

Around 400 people are currently signed up to the most recent trial, with plans to recruit a further 600 players across the Northern Power grid with the game’s update next year. Early data reveals that certain households have offered 50% of their energy load for direct control through the app.

The trials haved revealed a “surprising” level of engagement from consumers to win and score points, with people allowing games consoles, TVs, electric vehicles (EVs) and hot tubs amongst many other devices to be turned off whilst not in use.

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Why Apple Is Getting into the Energy Business

Memo to CEOs who don’t consider themselves in the electricity business: You may not be in the power business today, but you’re more than likely to be in it tomorrow. Consider Apple, hardly a byword in the energy business. This summer, the company applied for federal licenses to sell directly to customers the excess renewable energy it generates on its new campus and in facilities across Oregon, Nevada, and California.

Your company may not be going as fully or directly into the business as Apple, but you may soon want to join the ranks of the energy “prosumers”—companies that both produce and consume energy. As the electric power industry shifts from a model where individual local utilities have a monopoly on electricity provision in a region to a much more dynamic market, these prosumers will be able to make and sell a variety of obscure new products and services like frequency regulation. These services are now lumped into basic electric service, but in the future prosumers will be able to produce them with their own equipment and sell them back into the power grid. Their monthly power bill will be the net of the energy and other services they produce and the energy they consume.

California, Texas, and most of the U.S. east and north of Chicago already have “bulk” power markets that trade early versions of these new products and services. The players in these markets, licensed and overseen by federal regulators, are almost all utilities and specialized energy producers and traders. However, the trend is to localize smaller versions of these markets, with much lighter licensing requirements intended to draw in a wide swath of business and even residential market participants.

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In building grid of the future, a battle for power

If all goes according to plan, construction will begin next year on one of the longest power transmission projects in the nation’s history, a 700-mile line connecting wind farms around the Oklahoma panhandle with Atlanta and other cities in the Southeast.

But getting to this point has taken the Houston developer Clean Line Energy Partners more than seven years. The $2.5 billion project has been blocked by public utility commissioners in Arkansas and attacked by Senate Republicans, who tried, unsuccessfully, to delay the project. Ultimately, it required Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to invoke a decade-old law giving the federal government final authority over interstate transmission to push the project ahead.

For years, government officials and power executives have talked up the need to update the country’s century-old power grid by creating a “smart grid” that would move carbon-free electricity from remote wind farms, integrate rooftop solar into the network of power plants, and respond quickly to changing demand to improve energy efficiency. But as Clean Line Power shows, overhauling such a large and complex system is easier said than done, requiring regulators and policymakers to contend with a variety of competing interests, particularly monopoly utilities that own the transmission system and a growing field of companies eager to incorporate new technologies.

“The grid used to be the domain of the utilities exclusively,” said Walter Rojowsky, an energy adviser at PA Consulting Group outside Washington. “But now you have customers generating solar energy on their roofs and third parties and aggregators, who have 20,000 solar panels and 30,000 smart thermostats under their control.”

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Tendril Redefines Demand Response with Launch of Orchestrated Energy

Tendril, a company specializing in software solutions that help utilities engage in new programs with their customers, recently announced a new software solution called Orchestrated Energy.  This cloud-based solution enables utilities and other energy providers to simultaneously optimize system operation and customer comfort.

Tendril’s recent projects involving engagements with utilities include major Investor-owned utility customers such as Duke Energy, NV Energy, AEP and Central Maine Power, as well as other utilities (e.g. Newfoundland Power) and retail marketing companies and energy companies, including Think Energy, Sunpower, and North American Power.

Tendril is taking a device-agnostic approach with its platform for Orchestrated Energy.

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Shimmer Announces Joint Venture with Essen Technologies in a Deal Worth €3.5 Million over 3 Years

DUBLIN, 21st November 2016 – Shimmer, global leading provider of wearable wireless sensing systems is delighted to announce today a joint venture with Indian based ESSEN Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd., an Embedded Electronics Systems company to bring a novel remote patient monitoring product to the rural Indian Healthcare market. The announcement was made in Bangalore during the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to India led by Pat Breen T.D. Minister for Employment and Small Business.

The joint venture will form a new company called EsMedtek® which will produce a novel wearable Electro Cardiogram (ECG) monitor called HEARTWEAR® designed to allow the a clinician to monitor a patient’s ECG from a remote location outside of a hospital setting, for example in their home, or a care home. This removes the cost and time associated with unnecessary travel to the clinic or hospital for the patient. Utilising Shimmers clinically validated body-worn sensors, ESSEN partnered with Shimmer to incorporate their award winning sensor platform in the HEARTWEAR® product. The deal is projected to be worth over €3.5M over 3 years to Shimmer, and is expected to create 15 jobs as a consequence.

Nearly 68% of India’s population live in rural areas where only 2% of doctors are working, making physical access to clinics and medical expertise extremely difficult and inaccessible for most of the population. HEARTWEAR® aims to make the most vital body monitoring accessible for its patients reducing the cost on the Healthcare system and for the user.
Today in Bangalore both Mr.Subramanya K.Dixit and Mr. Paddy White signed the letter of intent in the presence of Minister Pat Breen, the Minister for Employment and Small Business in Ireland, along with Mr. Brian McElduff, the Irish Ambassador to India. At the signing, the two companies confirmed the Joint Venture will be formed in the coming days. Both Mr.Subramanya K.Dixit and Mr. White agreed that strategically the setting up of ESMedTek® is the first step in what’s planned to be a long and successful relationship in the huge growth areas of wearables and remote monitoring market in India, with further products being released once HEARTWEAR® is established.

Congratulating Shimmer and ESSEN Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd Minister Breen said “At the heart of our Action Plan for Jobs is building a new, sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on exports and innovation. I welcome this joint venture between two highly innovative companies which will improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs in India while creating jobs in Ireland. This deal is an excellent example of how Irish companies can increase sales by working with Enterprise Ireland’s network of overseas offices to find partners in key growth markets such as India”.

Mr. Subramanya K Dixit, Vice President of Business Development at ESSEN Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd, said ‘he and his team are delighted to work together with Shimmer since Shimmer is a very professionally managed company, approaches any task in a systematic manner, straight forward and at the same time are very practical, they understand the need to work together for mutual growth and are looking forward to the success the cooperation with Shimmer will bring’.

Mr. Paddy White, CEO of Shimmer said ‘ESSEN is a great partner to work with on this new venture in India; they are technologically savvy and have deep market knowledge. We look forward to fostering a truly deep relationship with them through ESMedTek, and introducing further Shimmer wearable technologies to the rapidly developing remote patient monitoring ecosystem in India, and bring the doctor into the home with our technologies’.

About ESSEN Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd:
ESSEN is an Indian Defence Licensed Industry, which had been serving the nation for almost two decades with integrity and un-compromised quality. The company is headed by Mr.Satyanaraya Raju and Mr. Subramanya K Dixit looks after business development as Vice President. ESSEN’s journey started during 1997 as a Small Enterprise by way of providing indigenous solutions to one of the Nation’s pride industry “VIZAG STEEL”, has now emerged as one of the most dependable solution provider for Indian Industry / Defence / Aerospace Sectors by way of providing services like Design & Development, Indigenization, proto-type manufacturing, bulk manufacturing of Electronics, Electro-Mechanical & EW Systems for various applications. ESSEN’s success always comes with Smart approach i.e. development programme Specific to customers, Measurable in actions, Achievable in proposed tasks, Results are realistic and Timely action, which are reinforced with business philosophy.

About Shimmer:
Shimmer is a leading technology company providing clinical-grade wearable wireless sensing technology. The company’s award winning platform enables enterprises to reduce risk, cost, and time to market for sensor-based digital health solutions. Shimmer offers consultancy, design, customization, and volume manufacture for a full range of wearable sensor technology to provide high quality, scientifically reliable biophysical and movement data in real-time. This unlocks the potential for analysis and interpretation of sensed data specific to the person and creates an unprecedented level and access to personal digital health information, with the goal of improving health care outcomes. Shimmer’s technology is trusted and utilized by the world’s brightest startups, Fortune 500 companies, and leading Universities in over 65 countries worldwide. Deployments include an FDA approved biophysical application in the US, a telerehabilitation solution in Spain, and player tracking and performance management solution in the UK and Ireland. Established in 2008, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and with offices in Boston and Kuala Lumpur, Shimmer Sensing offers wearable wireless sensing technology that overcome the challenges of size, wearability, reliable communications and low power consumption.

For more information visit www.shimmersensing.com

PRESS CONTACTS:
Shimmer
Name: Martina Donohue
Email: mdonohue@shimmersensing.com
Phone: 00353 1 687 5760
Web: www.shimmersensing.com

Essen Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Name: Mr.Subramanya K. Dixit.
Email:skdixit@essen.org.in
Phone: +91  9164754131
Web:    http://www.essen.org.in

International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security – IoTBDS 2017

The IoTBDS Conference (The 2nd International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from 24 to 26 of April 2017 in Porto, Portugal.

The IoTBDS aims at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in Internet of Things, Big Data and Security. The conference welcomes original papers of either practical or theoretical nature, presenting research or applications, of specialized or interdisciplinary nature, addressing any aspect of Internet of Things, Big Data and Security.

One of the most important contributions that IoTBDS brings about is the creation of a high-level forum in collaboration with the most prestigious internationally recognized experts, including names such as Victor Chang (IBSS, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China) as Conference Chair and Muthu Ramachandran (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom), Víctor Méndez Muñoz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain), Verena Kantere (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Gary Wills (University of Southampton, United Kingdom) and Robert Walters (University of Southampton, United Kingdom) as Program Co-Chairs. IoTBDS 2017 will have invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas. Dr. Francisco Herrera (University of Granada, Spain) and Jin Li (Guangzhou University, China) are already confirmed.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.

SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library .

A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD).

A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Applied Soft Computing Journal.

A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence.

A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Future Generation Computer Systems Journal.

The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.

 

Further information about IoTBDS 2017 can be found at the conference website http://iotbds.org

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6th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems – SMARTGREENS 2017

The SMARTGREENS Conference (The 6th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from 22 to 24 of April 2017 in Porto, Portugal.

The SMARTGREENS aims at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems. The conference welcomes original papers of either practical or theoretical nature, presenting research or applications, of specialized or interdisciplinary nature, addressing any aspect of Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems.

One of the most important contributions that SMARTGREENS brings about is the creation of a high-level forum in collaboration with the most prestigious internationally recognized experts, including names such as Markus Helfert (Dublin City University, Ireland) as a Conference Chair and Cornel Klein (Siemens AG, Germany) and Brian Donnellan (Maynooth University, Ireland) as Program Co-Chairs. SMARTGREENS 2017 will have invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas, such as Jeff Mccann ( DELL, Ireland) and Gerard Smit (University of Twente, Netherlands). We will have Catarina Selada (INTELI- Inteligência em Inovação, Portugal) as Local Chair.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.

SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.

The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.

Further information about SMARTGREENS 2017 can be found at the conference website http://www.smartgreens.org

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Honeywell’s Enacto Software Can Help ESCOs Reduce Operating Costs, Risks in Guaranteeing Energy Savings For Customers

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that Enacto™, the company’s energy management software platform, is now available to energy services companies (ESCOs), enabling them to more easily manage and track their customers’ energy efficiency programs and reduce the risk of shortfalls in guaranteed energy savings.

Enacto is a flexible and scalable end-to-end energy monitoring and management solution that enables swift and efficient action on energy alarms and energy project deviations. The solution has been designed to maximise energy performance contracting savings for multi-site operators and is currently being used by some key global retailers. Enacto enable ESCOs to administer their customers’ energy efficiency programs from a central platform, track energy savings by individual conservation measure, and help reduce the risk of a shortfall in guaranteed energy savings under the program.

The software features an automatic reporting tool that saves time for ESCOs and supports multiple reporting schemes, including CRC and GHG. With Enacto, ESCOs can also help their customers achieve ISO 50001 certification, which will allow them to make informed decisions concerning energy use and consumption.

Kristof Lamont, product manager of Energy Intelligence, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies said: “With Enacto, ESCOs can maximise the impact of their energy management programmes, influence behavioural change, and gain significant and sustainable cost savings over the long-term for their customers. This solution is testimony to our commitment of further developing and delivering a comprehensive, accurate and actionable energy intelligence solution.”

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Energy Management Market to Reach $72.73 Billion by 2024

The global energy management system (EMS) market is forecast to reach $72.73 billion by 2024, according to a new report published by Grand View Research Inc.

Industries have primarily been using conventional energy monitoring systems, says the report. However, cloud computing and big data are now changing the world of technology with their economic applications and better results. These technologies provide real-time data analytics that are expected to positively influence the growth of the energy management market. Technological advancement regarding the integration of cloud-based software platforms with building energy management system (BEMS) modules has enabled companies to control and monitor energy utilization in a sustainable manner.

The BEMS market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7 percent over the forecast period. Improving infrastructure and increasing green building, particularly in economies such as China, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the U.S., and Germany, are anticipated to drive growth in the BEMS sector over the next seven years.

Additional key findings from the report are:

• Sensors were the largest component segment and accounted for over 35 percent of the global EMS market in 2015. Real-time data tracking and technological advancements with better efficiency of sensors are expected to drive demand in next seven years.

• Retail and office buildings are expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. The rising number of enterprises coupled with increasing awareness regarding energy efficiency is seen as contributing to high growth. The U.S. segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6 percent over the forecast period.

• The commercial sector accounted for around 95 percent of the global market in 2015 and is anticipated to remain the leading end-use segment over the forecast period. Rising primary energy prices along with growing government initiatives to reduce power usage in commercial buildings are expected to remain a major factor responsible for high market penetration in the sector.

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