Energy Technology Area

The Internet of Annoying Things

I recently took a field trip to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My colleagues and I spent the afternoon with the applied sciences team touring the facilities of the Energy Technology Area (ETA) and discussing new fangled building technologies, air quality and the Internet of Things. It was truly a fascinating discussion and quite the learning experience. The ETA is funded by the U.S. Department…

Google's Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof: Google’s new project is a perfect fit for the real estate industry

Google’s new tool, Project Sunroof, aims to help homeowners determine if solar panels are a good fit for a home by calculating the roof’s solar potential. The app uses high-resolution Google Earth data to calculate the usable sunlight per year and provides an estimate of the potential energy savings. Simply enter an address and Project Sunroof calculates the number of hours of usable sunlight per…