A conference on the future of energy, including how to correct energy mistakes made due to Hurricane Sandy, was held in the city this week. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
How will everyone, from you to businesses to entire cities to entire countries, get greener and more efficient with its energy use, and what are some of the technologies that'll help get us there? Those are the kinds of issues up for discussion at the seventh Advanced Energy Conference.
"We drill down into the technologies that are being developed at universities and advanced energy research centers, and we drill down into all of the deployment, job creation, and all of the, eventually, rolling down to the consumer things that'll benefit us on a daily basis for energy savings," says Jim Smith, organizer from Stony Brook University. "Vehicles that are more efficient, lighting systems more efficient, buildings that are more efficient."
Part of making buildings, like your home, more efficient is making it more convenient for you to make modifications through technologies like solar rooftop shingles.
"Not only is it a solar panel, but as well, it is the waterproofing shingle of the roof system, so it's all in one," says Richard Ciota of Division 7, Inc. "So instead of putting on a new roof and then putting on a solar panel, you're installing the shingle, which is the solar panel, all in one."
As smart energy grids become more prevalent, utility companies will send out time-infused pricing signals, messages to the electronics in your home, or systems like one from Jasmine that help control the electronics in your home to tell them when pricing is peaking.
"The software will then be able to cycle back certain appliances, and then also turn certain appliances off based on price signals it'll receive from the utility," says Mohan Wanchoo of Jasmine Systems, Inc.
The conference was actually was supposed to happen about six months ago, but it got postponed. The reason it got postponed was one of the big talking points at the conference: Hurricane Sandy
"We have special tracks, dedicated, working with local utilities, on how to harden our grid, make it smart, have more resilience so the grid can actually self-repair itself," Smith says.
Leading to, in theory, a day with fewer power outages and shorter power outages.