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Iberdrola Solar Project for Death Valley Is Rejected

The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected the proposed plans of an Iberdrola subsidiary’s to create a solar project in the largely pristine Silurian Valley, located in a remote part of the Mojave Desert. In 2012, BLM created solar energy zones throughout the Western United States to identify areas where solar energy…

LG, Kodak Make Pre-CES Announcements

LG has confirmed plans to launch its HomeChat premium smart appliance service in the United States. The technology enables users to input commands in natural language and receive answers back from smart appliances. In addition, HomeChat also allows users to monitor how much energy their home electronics are consuming. With HomeChat consumers can send an…

A Perspective on UK Smart Meter Installation

By 2020, UK suppliers are expected to install 53 million smart electric and gas meters in each of the country’s homes and small businesses. According to Engage Consulting managing director John Peters, this infrastructure upgrade will result in wide-ranging business challenges such as the need for new systems and processes including  updating billing systems allowing…

Toshiba Introduces New B2B Glasses-Free 3D

Toshiba has developed a new B2B 3D technology that eliminates the need for 3D glasses. The company reports that the new advancement “uses a low-crosstalk, high-definition LCD Gradient-index (GRIN) lens with a 15-inch 4K LCD panel. The technology realizes a highly portable, compact display that can switch between 3D mode with high-definition resolution and 2D…

Smart Home, Personal Device Trends for 2015

While the International Consumer Electronics Show covers the dizzying breadth of gadgetry and technology, much of the public’s interest will be focused on personal and home products that will impact their daily lives. Wearables are expected to move mainstream this year surpassing $3 billion in sales. John Gregory, AOL’s category development officer for retail believes…

University Installs Smart Meters as Part of Sustainability Initiative

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has implemented a wide-ranging program designed to conserve energy and move the campus toward zero waste, which means recycling as well as, of course, but also reducing the amount of waste students, faculty and staff generate. Gretchen Vanicor, the university’s first director of sustainability, notes, “All these big corporations…

LG Previews Smart Speakers for the Home

In a International Consumer Electronics Show sneak-peak, LG Electronics revealed it is introducing innovative mobile features to its Music Flow wireless speaker system: a new battery-powered portable Wi-Fi speaker, three new speakers, and three new sound bars. Each speaker in the system can be used independently or they can be connected to others to create…

TI to Unveil New Energy Harvesting Network for Smart Devices

At the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show, Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate a new sensor network that harvests the energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind, and light in order to help power wearable smart devices. There are many applications already related to harvesting power but most involved large solar panels or sensors.…

Tantalus Helps Utilities Upgrade Communication System

Tantalus is teaming with 15 public power utilities that are currently utilizing electric, water, and gas encoder receiver transmitter (ERT)-reading platforms to upgrade from one-way communication to automated, two-way advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) through the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet). The upgrade essentially transforms existing automatic meter reading systems to AMI. Charles Bauschard, the Coldwater Board of…

Smart TV Sales Advance

Industry research indicates that sales of smart TVs in 2014 will account for more than half of the television market for the first time, and reach 82 percent of sales within five years. Jack Wetherill, Futuresource Consulting’s senior market analyst, notes, “Although the industry spotlight is focused upon ultra high definition (UHD) and curved screens,…