Pecan Street has developed a residential electric use disaggregation algorithm training kit, previously available only to members of its university consortium and clients of its algorithm evaluation service, that is now publicly available. This unique kit includes a 15-minute whole home dataset and 1-minute interval circuit-level dataset for packages of 10 to 100 homes in Austin […]
March 8, 2016
For the past year, Pecan Street has been working with volunteer participants to carry out data-intensive research on how households use water and to better understand the water demands of day-to-day activities. You can download a PDF of a recent presentation of initial findings.
February 12, 2016
Pecan Street is conducting screenings with homeowners that would like to acquire the Energy Switch – a microgrid in a box.
January 22, 2016
They also took data from a Pecan Street research project, a dataset of homes generating their own solar power. By merging these two samples, the scientists modeled what the city would look like with different levels of rooftop solar production.
January 17, 2016
McCracken and his team built Dataport, the world’s largest source of disaggregated customer energy data for university researchers around the world. “We’ve taken a consumer-grade data measurement tool for solar panels, and are using it to operate the world’s largest research database on customer energy use,” he says.
November 17, 2015
Press Release: Concurrent Design, Inc. and Pecan Street Receive DOE SunShot Initiative Grant for Smart Energy Switch
Pecan Street has already developed and successfully tested the concept in its Pike Powers Lab in Austin. The SunShot award will allow Concurrent Design and Pecan Street to produce and test a more advanced prototype that demonstrates full commercial capability and can serve as a reference design for a new category of residential energy products.
October 5, 2015
With the “BluCube” developed by Pecan Street, there’s no need to change out the whole meter. Instead, a new register, with a plug for a transmitter that would send signals to the cube in the customer’s home, is placed on top of the existing meter body. And Pecan Street is working on an even simpler solution: a ring that could fit around any register and links up to a transmitter.
July 7, 2015
A great story from KVUE in Austin about the Mueller neighborhood – where Pecan Street’s research began in 2010. You can also view the story on KVUE’s website.
April 9, 2015
With a third of Texans still facing drought conditions, a coalition of Texas universities and water providers has launched an $8 million effort to curb water use in cities.
April 8, 2015
Consortium of Texas Universities and Water Utilities Launch Data-intensive R&D Effort Focused on Water Conservation Technologies
With the state’s population growing rapidly and another year of forecast drought, a newly-formed consortium of Texas universities and water providers announced today that it is launching a statewide research and development effort focused on water conservation technologies. The effort includes a commercialization lab focused on promising emerging technologies, a water technologies incubator and a statewide research testbed involving hundreds of Texas households.
Pecan Street and many of our partners, including The University of Texas at Austin, created an exciting new collaboration last year called the University Municipal Water Consortium. It has now grown to include more than 25 Texas state, regional and local water providers and university researchers from Texas A&M, UT-Austin and UT-San Antonio. The last […]
March 30, 2015
Gas or Electric? How You Heat Your Home and Water Can Make a Big Difference on Your Wallet and Your Grid Impact
Gas or Electric? How You Heat Your Home and Water Can Make a Big Difference on Your Wallet and Your Grid Impact New Report Finds All-Electric Homes Could Undermine Other Green-Built Features (AUSTIN – March 26, 2015) Every winter, media reports appear of people experiencing the shock of large electric bills. A new research report […]