Winners of the CTSI Utility Technology Challenge were recently announced, and their utility-focused clean tech solutions are some of the most promising we've seen in a while.
"The semifinalists this year were of exceptional quality, and our top three winners are outstanding," said Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries CEO and program facilitator Patricia Glaza. "They have solutions that meet immediate needs of our program committee and they are ready to demonstrate their technologies. We hope to see strong collaborations form as a result of this program."
1. EcoFactor is a SaaS-based residential energy management solution that works with any two-way communicating thermostat and broadband internet connection to develop a dynamic, hands-off residential heading and cooling strategy.
"EcoFactor examines weather data and your own personal habits to come up with a cooling strategy for your home. If a heat wave is coming, it might pre-cool a house and then let the AC system drift during the afternoon. If you're on peak pricing plans, that can save lots of cash. As the map shows, those in hot, muggy regions save the most. Users, of course, can go to manual override," reports Green Tech Media.
2. Ideal Power Converters is an electronic power converter topology or control methodology that uses commodity materials and components but can reduce the size and weight of products such as PV inverters by more than 90 percent.
3. Power Tagging tags or fingerprints energy on the power grid as far upstream as the point of generation and as far downstream as the point of consumption using metadata.
These three companies represent the future of the smart grid, and we applaud them for their efforts!