By Tom Raftery on April 7, 2010
I attended the Smart Grids Europe Conference 2010 in Amsterdam last week. One of the people displaying there was Thomas Joergensen of TrickleStar. TrickleStar are not a Smart Grid company per se, what they offer instead are devices to cut down on energy consumption in the home. As such, their clients are utility companies who […]
By Tom Raftery on April 1, 2010
Photo credit mckaysavage Despite a lot of talk and some high profile trials the day we have ubiquitous full Smart Grids is still a long way off. I attended the Smart Grids Europe conference in Amsterdam this week. It was a great conference, I met a ton of interesting people and had some fascinating conversations. […]
By Tom Raftery on March 18, 2010
EDSA are an interesting company. They are 25 years old, they are privately held and they focus on power analytics. I had an opportunity to have EDSA’s CTO, Kevin Meagher, on the show so I jumped at it to find out more about their smart grid solutions for micro-grid integration.
Kevin and I had a great […]
Posted in Trends & Concepts | Tagged community microgrids, Energy, energy arbitrage, energy storage, GreenMonkTV, incentives, micro grid, microgeneration, microgrid, regulations, smart grid, Smart Grid Heavy Hitters, Video | 1 Response
By Tom Raftery on February 25, 2010
This is the third of my Smart Grid Heavy Hitters’ interviews, and in it I talked to the CTO of Silver Springs Networks, Raj Vaswani.
It was a great interview – in it we talked about:
Raj’s definition and the benefits of a Smart Grid
The fact that, to-date Smart Grids are quite notional
How long it will be […]
Posted in Trends & Concepts | Tagged Energy, GreenMonkTV, home energy portals, raj Vaswani, silver springs networks, smart grid, Smart Grid Heavy Hitters, smart meters, Sustainability, v2g, vehicle to grid, Video
By Tom Raftery on February 11, 2010
I decided to run a series of interviews with people deeply involved in the Smart Grid space. I’m calling it the Smart Grid Heavy Hitters series. I will publish a new interview every Thursday until I run out of interviewees (or out of energy – poor pun intended, sorry!). In this, the first of my […]
The day that we see all devices which consume water having networked flow meters is still a ways off
By Tom Raftery on January 22, 2010
I wrote a post a couple of days ago asking the question How long until all devices which consume water have networked flow meters? after talking to Oracle VP Industry Strategy, Guerry Waters about Oracle’s recently released “Testing the Water: Smart Metering for Water Utilities” study. Having put the question out there, I’m now going […]
By Tom Raftery on January 13, 2010
Just before Christmas I had a chat with Ford’s head of battery electric vehicle applications, Greg Frenette. We discussed how Ford has been working with utilities and industry organisations to ready its electric vehicles for deep integration into smart grids.
It was fascinating for me to see just how far Ford have proceeded with their thinking […]
Posted in Business | Tagged battery electric vehicle, electric vehicle, ford, ford escape, ford motor company, Ford Transit Connect, greg frenette, lithium ion, Lithium-ion battery, plug in hybrid, plug-in Escape, smart grid, Southern California Edison, vehicle to grid | 1 Response
By Tom Raftery on January 10, 2010
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There is no doubt about it but Google is a disruptive company.
First Google disrupted search, then advertising, then video (with their acquisition of YouTube), and then Office applications with the launch and continued development of Google Apps for Domains. Most recently Google has disrupted the mobile phone industry, first with the […]
By Tom Raftery on December 16, 2009
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What we have got here is a failure to communicate
The famous line from legendary movie Cool Hand Luke is the first thing that comes to mind when one hears about the fiasco which PG&E’s smart meter rollout in Bakersfield Ca. has become.
From the report on the SmartMeters.com site:
a class-action lawsuit has been […]