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Offline Eckhart Tolle

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IBM, Consert Complete Smart Grid Pilot Project Installations
« on: September 22, 2009, 04:02:11 am »




IBM, Consert Complete Smart Grid Pilot Project Installations

Published: 21-Sep-2009

http://www.energy-business-review.com/news/ibm_consert_complete_smart_grid_pilot_project_installations_090921

IBM and Consert have completed smart grid pilot project installations with nearly 100 commercial and residential participants partnering with the Fayetteville Public Works Commission (FPWC) in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

IBM said that the pilot has helped local businesses and residents participate in the monitoring and control of their energy usage with savings of up to 40%.

Utilizing software by IBM and Consert, participants can set their daily use profiles, check their energy consumption from an internet connection, select a monthly target bill amount, and authorize FPWC to cycle their appliances off for brief periods during peak energy consumption events. Data is transmitted over the 3G Verizon Wireless network.

The pilot aimed to reduce 'ghost' consumption on devices such as air conditioners and water heaters that draw energy when no one is home to use them. Consumers will be able to do these same activities from a PDA or mobile phone early next year.

In the six-month pilot spearheaded by FPWC, consert outfitted each participant's residence or place of business with small controllers placed on high consumption devices. A gateway was integrated to the meter enabling two-way communications between the participant and the FPWC utilizing wireless network connectivity provided by Verizon Wireless, said the companies.

By logging into a web site from their laptops, participants can check on and adjust their energy consumption. The pilot also provides a wireless broadband internet connection as an option for those participants with no connectivity or those who are using a dial-up service.

Consert provided the technology for the pilot with smart meter and software applications technology based on IBM software including DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli.

Jack Roberts, CEO and president of Consert, said: "The pilot creates an additional way for the Fayetteville Public Works Commission to effectively meet the requirements of North Carolina renewable and energy efficiency legislation, address future demands for costly generators and help consumers realize savings."





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Re: IBM, Consert Complete Smart Grid Pilot Project Installations
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 04:03:11 am »
IBM's North Carolina smart-grid trial shaves power

by Martin LaMonica

ber 21, 2009 7:15 AM PDT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylil_8TarA4

Data from a smart-grid pilot project which uses smart meters and wireless appliance controllers shows that such a system can cut electricity use by 15 percent on average.

IBM and Consert have been running the project in Fayetteville, N.C., for the last six months and published the initial findings on Monday. On Tuesday, the GridWeek conference on the smart grid is scheduled to begin in Washington D.C.

The term "smart grid" can mean different things to different people, but the pilot test in North Carolina provides a picture of smart-grid technologies in the home.

Buildings were equipped with wireless smart meter and controllers for the major appliances in the home, such as dishwasher and HVAC systems. These devices communicate with a digital thermostat. A gateway can send information to the utility over a 3G wireless connection supplied by Verizon.

The set-up allows people to see via a PC how much electricity they are consuming and to create a "profile" to improve efficiency. For example, a person can program the cooling system or hot water heater to turn off when people aren't in the home.

In some instances, customers were able to cut electricity consumption by 40 percent, according IBM and Consert. Consumers can also chose to participate in the utility's demand response program where devices, such as a clothes dryer, are turned down for a few minutes during peak times.

The energy-savings from the pilot test are consistent with other smart-grid projects. Many people are able to make adjustments to their home energy use simply by viewing real-time data which might spotlight a big energy user, such as a pool pump. Typically, tools to program home appliances are necessary to get deeper cuts in energy use, experts say


Offline hardrain77

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Re: IBM, Consert Complete Smart Grid Pilot Project Installations
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 06:00:37 pm »
Well, IBM is already used to building infrastructure for dictatorships and mass murder.
"Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere, so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so pervasive, they had better not speak above their breath."

Woodrow Wilson