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The Light Sentry by Sonne Industries

Since no building has lighting automation as intuitive as a simple thermostat, EVERY building could benefit from the patented, transformational technology of the Light Sentry…the only lighting automation solution that offers a wireless, remote light sensor that communicates with a hub, that commands nodes to turn on, dim/brighten, and turn off. These commands are triggered by natural light, time or a combination of both. ...more »

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MapMySolar - Social Mapping and Funding Platform that Makes Solar Investing Easy and Fun for the Average Citizen

MapMySolar is a uniquely integrated social mapping and funding platform, a One-Stop-Shop to inform and connect developers with the American public to find and fund attractive community solar projects. Currently home solar installation is viable for only a quarter of American households. The average American interested in solar is put off by the high capital requirements and the need to navigate through decentralized ...more »

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

Adding money for energy efficiency retrofits and solar installations (EERSIs) to the mortgage will overcome the primary behavioral challenge that a homeowner experiences when considering them post-purchase. A person borrowing $500,000 to purchase a home will think that adding $50,000 to reduce their bills is a much better deal than a homeowner who is asked to go from $0 to $50,000 to do the same. This web application ...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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Off-Grid Mobile Power Generation

The SolarCast Mobile Power Platform solves the problem of emergency power and off-grid remote power by capturing solar energy (and optionally wind energy) to an onboard energy storage system, then converting to continuous AC output power without the requirement for any fossil fuel all in a mobile configuration. The Mobile Power Platform can drastically reduce or eliminate fossil fuels, carbon dioxide output and operational ...more »

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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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Dynamic Occupants behaviour in current building simulations tools using Agent-Based Modelling

Energy simulation tools that are commonly used in the industry including TAS, TRNSys, and Energy Plus, are highly sensitive to occupancy related inputs such as energy consumption rates and occupant schedules. Although these software allow for variations in hourly occupancy loads, yet, they consider occupants as static entities in the modelling process; that all occupants have same energy consumption patterns with static ...more »

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Comparing measured and simulated building performance data

Building performance analysts lack software tools to track and compare measured utility and sub-meter data, particularly with respect to simulation results. This results in an open feedback loop in the industry, with many analysts having a poor understanding of how buildings actually perform with respect to their models. A low cost and flexible way for analysts to catalog and compare simulation results to actual performance ...more »

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DC Microgrid Controller for Tesla Powerwall and Other Battery Storage Systems

Problem: DC microgrids will play an important role in the sustainable electric infrastructure of the future but currently require a prohibitive amount of expertise and customization for substantial market penetration. Elon Musk announced on April 30th, 2015 that the Tesla Energy battery systems will be open-source (see attached link). I propose building on this open-source technology with a DC-DC converter/controller ...more »

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