October 2, 2016

News

Forbes: Hawaii Sitting On The Lid Of A Solar Explosion

Hawaii’s tremulous effort to embrace solar energy—but not too fast—may be holding at bay an explosion of rooftop solar in the island state, according to experts in data and adoption behavior.

March 8, 2016

News

Insights from Pecan Street’s residential water use research

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.

January 22, 2016

News

Atlantic CityLab: Microgrids Might Be Ready for the Big City

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

News

IoT and Big Data: The Dichotomy between Too Much and Too Little

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.

October 5, 2015

News

Could smart water meters one day be the norm in Austin?

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.

April 8, 2015

Press Release

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.

Blog Post

A busy few weeks for Pecan Street’s water research team

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 […]