Residents of a social housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, can’t stop another tempest like Superstorm Sandy from crashing through their city, but they can feel secure that it won’t cause a power cut.

In June, the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Village cut the ribbon on its very own microgrid, a localised network of electricity production and control. Rooftop solar panels produce clean power when the sun is up; a fuel cell takes in natural gas and churns out a steady current all day; when it’s more valuable to save the electricity for later, the largest lithium-ion battery system on New York City’s grid does just that.


It’s not enough for the country’s most advanced and sophisticated cities to be at the forefront of technological innovation with “smart” parking meters or informational kiosks. They also need to be sustainable and show an ability to preserve natural areas, according to Anil Ahuja, an engineering professional regarded as the “Smart Cities Guru” and author of the 2016 book Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities.

Ahuja has compiled the Top Ten U.S. Cities Integrating Nature & Technologyreport to highlight which cities are leaders at balancing new technology with good nature policies.


La Economía Colaborativa (EC) constituye un fenómeno innovador de alcance global y transversal que está generando importantes cambios estructurales en el funcionamiento de los mercados. Se trata de una nueva modalidad de producción e intercambio de bienes y servicios basada en la interacción entre pares a través de plataformas digitales que intermedian la relación entre los proveedores y los usuarios.

Más allá que el fenómeno tiene pocos años de existencia, sus proyecciones de crecimiento son extraordinarias. En su estudio sobre el actual y futuro estado de la economía colaborativa(disponible en inglés), Niam Yaraghi y Shamika Ravi del Instituto Brookings estiman que dentro de 10 años los cinco sectores más importantes de la EC (préstamos P2P, empleadores en línea, alojamiento P2P, transporte compartido, y vídeos/música en línea) generarán más del 50% de los ingresos mundiales.


Combining solar power and energy storage could be cost competitive with standalone solar PV installations by 2020 according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The findings are specific to a variety of circumstances, including how the storage system is coupled to the solar system and the overall degree of solar penetration. The system with the highest benefit-cost ratio in the current environment is a DC-coupled solar-plus-storage system that is charged only by solar power.


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced it will provide $2.49 million in funding to attract future investment via a 3-year project that will explore the tidal energy potential in Australia. ARENA in July said the funding will further a $5.85 million project, “Tidal Energy in Australia: Assessing Resource and Feasibility in Australia’s Future Energy Mix,” being led by the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, in partnership with CSIRO, the University of Queensland and industry partners.


The solar eclipse that crossed the United States on Monday may have cast its shadow over large swaths of solar PV from California to South Carolina. But with an effect that’s even more predictable than the weather, grid operators across the country were able to manage their way through multi-gigawatt dips in solar generation without any worries about keeping the grid itself stable. 


The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities yesterday signed off on a $69 million slate of efficiency programs to be implemented by Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G). The decision will extend three energy efficiency programs the utility says are popular, and implement two new ones. The utility reached an agreement with the BPU and state's Rate Counsel, allowing the programs to be funded. PSE&G indicated the agreement comprised more than 90% of its original request and will bring its investment in energy efficiency to about $400 million.


More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world – including the UK, US, China and other major economies – could run entirely on energy created by wind, water and solar by 2050, according to a roadmap developed by scientists.

And they pointed out that doing so would not only mean the world would avoid dangerous global warming, but also prevent millions of premature deaths a year and create about 24 million more jobs than were lost.


La adopción de tecnología por parte de las organizaciones, en su operación y para dar valor agregado al cliente, así como los retos normativos son algunos de los puntos que abordarán los asistentes al encuentro más importante del sector de las TIC en Colombia.