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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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CloudSolar - Own solar panels, no roof required

CloudSolar is a platform to provide a service to give anyone the ability to own solar panels, making solar energy accessible for people and organizations all over the world. The panels are installed on a remote CloudSolar farm where our team handles the installation and maintenance. As part of the CloudSolar experience, you can monitor the panel conditions through an online account on your own computer or portable devices. ...more »

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Online Register of Research on Occupant Energy Management Strategies

According to IEA-EBC Annex 66, “Energy related occupant behavior in buildings … is a key issue for building design optimization, energy diagnosis, performance evaluation, and building energy simulation due to its significant impact on real energy use and indoor environmental quality in buildings. However the influence of occupant behavior is under-recognized or over-simplified in the design, construction, operation, and ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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