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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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Streamline acquisition & design process by communicating the highest performing, buildable, PV systems without visiting the site

In recent years, the solar industry has seen major hard-costs declines, but has yet to adopt any developments that will dramatically reduce soft-costs. The industry needs a site assessment, design, documentation, and collaboration solution that will mitigate technical risks, improve efficiency, streamline processes, and decrease costs to homeowners, sales, installers, and funders.

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Financing nonprofits and cooperatives to go solar: the untapped commercial solar market

While residential solar grows at an astounding rate, commercial solar customers, specifically nonprofits and cooperatives, are left behind. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that in Q1 2015, residential solar installations grew by 11% over Q4 2014 rates while non-residential solar was down 24% from Q4 2014. “The non-residential market continues to struggle from longstanding barriers to customer origination ...more »

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Off-Grid Mobile Power Generation

Customers have a need for electrical power generation during an emergency scenario (hurricane, tornado, flooding, etc.). Fossil fuels may not be readily available for portable or mobile power generators. Customers have a need for electrical power generation in a remote location where grid power or mobile power generators are not feasible or not cost effective (ex. border security, night highway construction, oil/gas ...more »

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Low-Cost Automated Diagnostics for Commercial Buildings

It is well documented that 15% to 30% of total HVAC energy in commercial buildings is wasted due to faulty operation. Over 30% of all commercial floor space has management systems that could facilitate a “plug-and-play” diagnostic solution, but adoption of existing automated fault detection and diagnostic (AFDD) systems has been very slow in the market. The key difficulty in implementing AFDD in these commercial buildings ...more »

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Occupant feedback toolkit for evaluation of energy saving technologies and building performance

To increase adoption of energy efficient products and systems we need to understand if and how these products will impact the occupants of a building. While many building owners want to save energy, energy is still very cheap – by an order of magnitude - compared to the salaries of people who work in buildings. Therefore owners are unlikely to invest in energy efficiency if they are not confident that new products will ...more »

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No Building Has Lighting Automation That Is As Uncomplicated As A Basic Thermostat

No building (commercial, industrial or residential) has lighting automation and control that is as uncomplicated as a basic thermostat and this leads to an excessive demand on the energy grid, a negative impact on the carbon footprint, excessive electricity costs for the occupants, and may even mean an unsafe environment for inhabitants and visitors. The automation/control temperature-evolution has progressed from ...more »

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GIS software for roof Analysis

Many homes are often have a roof that is not optimal for a PV system. A software and data analysis tool could use the above view of google earth, the angle of the sun, and create algorithms that account for variables such as roof angles, trees, chimneys etc. Having a software that could automatically determine the optimal homes and commercial buildings for solar could prove to be a useful tool for lead generating companies ...more »

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Community Solar Marketplace Platform

Community solar (also known as shared solar) is the largest renewable energy growth market in the United States. Community solar models provide energy credits for multiple off-takers instead of the traditional singular energy user. Over 75% of solar energy consumers are unable to participate in the usage of rooftop solar energy because they are renters and do not own their roofs, because their property is unsuitable ...more »

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New translation layer for information input into software-tools

Architects and Engineers need a new translation layer for the information input into calculation software-tools. They need to value as easy and quickly as possible different architectural and engineering solutions. After an optimal decision is reached both engage in detailed design perhaps using BIM. There is a need to define graphically (and symbolically) the building architecture and the HVAC facilities and then ...more »

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The Public Energy Library: Open Data + Public Experiments

For thousands of years, libraries have housed human knowledge. From Alexandria to London and from Washington to your home town, libraries have been resources for information and learning. Technology has dramatically change the physical need for libraries. Miles of stacks of encyclopedias and journals can now live as 1s and 0s in the digital cloud transferred as the speed of light to your palm. It's time that the library ...more »

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Next Generation Solmetric

The solar industry needs to solve a next generation shading analysis and azimuth tool platform for the industry. Since Vivent bought the assets of Solmetric, there has been a great gap in the industry providing new sales agents with the tools necessary to conduct a complete shading analysis for a commercial and residential property. With the advent of powerful smart phones our industry needs to solve a new solution for ...more »

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Open digital interchange for residential HVAC

An open, non-proprietary, digital communications standard for household HVAC and IAQ information, diagnostics and control is needed to enable the balancing of residential energy use and occupant health and comfort on a whole-residence basis. Residential IAQ and ventilation become larger issues as buildings are tightened to improve energy efficiency. An optimizing ventilation scheme which balances residential energy use ...more »

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