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The ideation contest focuses on generating and aggregating pressing U.S. renewable and energy efficiency market needs and problem statements that can be solved through automation, algorithms, data, and software, especially by leveraging available data assets, tools, capabilities, and resources. Anyone can participate by submitting problem statements online or by voting on problem statements submissions from others. A contestant with a problem statement may win $1,000 in cash prizes when a team, who adopted this problem statement in their business solution, has been selected among top five winners by a panel of judges in accordance with the rules of the incubation contest.

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Smart Energy Management Cloud Services For Buildings, Electric Vehicles and Distributed Grid

With today's emerging technologies, smart sensors and internet of things we see a growing need to develop a software platform which could aggregate, analyze and simplify all the energy data collected from buildings, electric vehicle charging, distributed grid which includes solar and storage to create an interactive cloud based platform for commercial/ residential buildings and utility managers that works autonomously ...more »

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Solar & Energy Efficiency Project Collaboration Software Solution

Imagine robust all inclusive software solution that streamlines the building project life cycle. Enabling all parties involved with the deployment process of solar and energy efficient projects to collaborate and connect in real time. The solution takes the workflow process and makes it more fluid and responsive allow those connected with each project to save time and money not to mention cutting the red tape. Who benefit: ...more »

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Collaborative Benchmarking, Learning and Acceleration platform for Intelligent Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency solution selection for building retrofits is inherently complicated, very information intensive and requires many stakeholders and experts to work together to select the appropriate solutions with sufficient verification of potential savings. For this reason, the uptake on efficiency improvements is extremely slow. With 17 million+ commercial buildings, it may take 20+years for the efficiency savings ...more »

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Building Automation is too expensive for smaller commercial buildings. Can software help?

Even for a relatively simple building such as a box retail store, the cost of a basic automation system starts at more than $10,000. That's a lot of capital to invest for energy efficiency, and many building owners and operators simply decide to do without. Instead, they install a basic programmable thermostat for each rooftop HVAC unit. While that solves their construction cost problem, it creates an even greater one ...more »

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Arcadia Power Universal Utility API

Solar installers do not have an easy way of grabbing a customers past utility bills - but that data is crucial to understanding the viability of a rooftop solar array. Arcadia Power has technology to allow any solar installer an easy API call to grab data from over 100 utilities.

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Homeowners with residential solar need a “check engine light” for their solar panels

Many homeowners with solar panels have no idea when minor maintenance issues have degraded or stopped the energy production from their installations. According to Pecan Street’s report on the need for a “check engine light for solar panels,” typical repairs require $25 and less than an hour of labor, but can often take systems offline for weeks or months. Even sophisticated homeowners who are actively monitoring their ...more »

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Solar Walls from Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)

DSSC is a proven alternative to solar PV for generating electricity. While the efficiency of DSSC is lower per unit area, it is light and can be applied on large surfaces including vertical walls. Thus its low efficacy is offset by total electrical output. The idea is to generate electricity from solar energy on surfaces where PV installation is infeasible. Moreover the base dye can be synthesized in different colors ...more »

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Solar energy systems can't fully realize demand response potential

The current solar grid management solutions are sub-optimized because they generally fail to facilitate communications between products from different companies. There is no solution enables Demand- Response of the loads connected into the Solar Micro-Grid via load-level power-monitoring and direct control of the loads. Manycommunication-enabled energy/demand management devices (sensors, actuators, controllers) that originate ...more »

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Building management system components are not interoperable

The current solutions to building energy management, monitoring and control are sub-optimized for Demand-Response (DR) and Building Utilization Efficiency applications because they generally fail to facilitate communications between products from different companies. Many communication-enabled energy/demand management devices (sensors, actuators, controllers) that originate from different manufacturers have limited options ...more »

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App for mortgage lenders/borrowers to predict utility bills, local costs of EE/solar & effects upon total monthly expenses

One of the biggest hurdles for homeowners in performing deep energy efficiency retrofits or adding solar is a behavioral one, not technical or financial. It’s actually two problems. The first is that people tend to ignore the operational costs of an item, such as the utility bills of their home or fuel costs for their vehicle and focus solely on the sticker price or the monthly mortgage. This leads to non-realistic ...more »

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Peer to Peer PPA

Most major solar providers' websites contain eligibility checks regarding home ownership to determine customer potential. This restricts a large portion of the population (41% in sun-rich California) from directly accessible the benefits of solar. As a result, huge utility infrastructure cost shifts are occurring from solar homes toward non-solar homes. A solar solution is required for the rental market before the industry ...more »

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Enabling a solar solution for rental homes and businesses

Nearly all solar providers list home ownership and occupancy as an eligibility criteria to become a customer. This criteria eliminates the ability for a a significant portion of the population to access the benefits of solar. This leads to a significant cost shift as solar home and businesses, which are owned by their occupants, have access to savings that renters are not eligible for. The industry needs a solution to ...more »

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