The Impact of the IoT on Energy Efficiency (Part 3 of 5)

One distinct benefit of the IoT is that it's generally available to every area of the economy, and this particularly holds true for energy efficiency improvements.

Solar Power Takes the Suburbs

Beyond the economics, beyond the savings, beyond the ROI (return on investment), which we also considered, what we consume and how we consume it is very important to us - having less of an impact on the environment versus a traditional home.

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Amy Crawford for CityLab: A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.

Smart irrigation scheme cuts water use and boosts crop yields - scientists

BT: The micro-irrigation system, which is being trialled on a farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, has cut water use by up to 80% and doubled the yields of some crops, the scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said.

Indoor Gardening is a Great Experience

Almost any plant can be successfully grown indoors. You'll need to do a little research to learn what crops will fit into your space and lighting availability. Herb gardens will grow in small spaces and in low light conditions.

Tesla and Australia will turn 50,000 homes into a virtual solar power plant

Mark Austin for DigitalTrends: Installation of the 5kW solar panels and Tesla batteries has already begun on 1,100 public housing properties, with 24,000 more to follow. After that, the program will be opened up to as many as 50,000 South Australian homes.

The Drones of CES 2018: In Company with AirSelfie, Volocopter, and PowerDolphin

As you can see, the continued growth in the creation of drones only shows the shocking improvement in the world of software and tech devices. Just like Artificial Intelligence, it's another fantastic glimpse into the future!

Nissan moves into home solar energy storage

Nick Lavars for New Atlas: Nissan reckons its solar energy system can save UK homeowners up to 66 percent on their energy bills

Tesla to set up mini solar stores inside Home Depot

Lauren Thomas for CNBC: The expansion would help Tesla test the appeal of its renewable-energy products to a wider audience. It would help Home Depot use some of its excess floor space to sell new products and gain a competitive edge over its peers.

A new approach to rechargeable batteries

David L. Chandler, MIT News Office: New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems and lead to inexpensive power storage.

Here's What Life Will Be Like With 3D Printers That Can Create Anything

Kristin Houser for Futurism: Today's desktop 3D printers are fairly limited in terms of capabilities. However, we could be just a couple of decades away from a world in which every home has a 3D printer, capable of producing almost anything we can imagine.

The Future of Service Robots

There has been a lot of investment by retailers in recent years to achieve a true omni-channel fulfillment strategy. Robots are enabling companies to improve the fulfillment process both in the warehouse and will soon be doing so in the retail store.

Why and When Does a Solar Panel Brand Matter or Not?

Along with the warranty, you'll need to consider the company's ability to honor its warranty. Is the company (either the installer or the panel maker) an established player in the industry? If not, it's hard to know how reliable and stable the brand will be

Karl Klontz Battery Conversion

Illinois Doctor Converts His BMW To Electric Power Using Nine U.S. Battery 12-Volt Deep-Cycle Batteries

Audi aims to compete with Tesla Energy through a new 'Smart Energy Network'

Fred Lambert for Electrek: They are combining electric vehicle charging, energy storage, and solar power to provide balancing services to the grid with benefits for both the homeowner/electric car owner and the electric utility.

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