Energy Monitoring Revamped

by Sagarika Gami

Mark Chung, an electrical engineer trained by Stanford University, began his venture butting heads with climate change seven years ago. It is widely thought that in order to combat the worst impacts of climate change, global carbon emissions must be cut by 40 to 70% by mid-century. Chung’s company, Verdigris, seeks to aid the process by providing a solution to inefficient energy monitoring and usage. Verdigris came about as a response to “smart meters,” which track where energy is being used in houses, buildings, hospitals, etc. The “smart meters,” unlike Verdigris’ software, are unable to create electrical maps on a large scale to monitor appliances, machinery, lights, and more, and are thus unable to pinpoint the exact sources of energy usage. Continue reading

Revamping of Energy Grids by the University of Toledo

by Sagarika Gami

The University of Toledo, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, is making leaps in the realm of energy grids, shifting to transaction-based energy management. With climate change finally accruing noise in the media, more and more university towns are seeking to bolster the efficiency and reliability of their energy grids. The current grid system is very simple – the power companies match their production to the demand of homes and businesses and deliver based on these numbers. However, to keep up with demands for change in sources of power and its output, the grid system will likely become more complex. Continue reading