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February 18, 2019

Blog Post

Diving deeper into power factor

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street Residential solar inverters typically only provide real power to the electrical grid. When they do that, the reactive power component (either the displacement or distortion current) isn’t... Read More

February 14, 2019

News

Greentech Media: Vehicle-to-Grid Testing Comes to Texas

Pecan Street Inc., an Austin-based energy research organization, and the publicly owned electric utility Austin Energy launched what they say is Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research and testing... Read More

February 13, 2019

Press Release

Pecan Street to Conduct Field Testing and Data Management for $2.9 Million ARPA-E Study on HVAC Efficiency

Austin-based Pecan Street Inc. will conduct the field testing and data management for a University of Michigan study that will tackle two of the electricity industry’s biggest – management of renewables intermittency and management of heating,... Read More

February 6, 2019

Press Release

Pecan Street Launches Texas’ First Grid-Connected Vehicle-to-Grid Research and Testing Center

Pecan Street Inc. launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, Texas, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for municipally-owned electric utility, Austin... Read More

January 24, 2019

News

Tendril Acquires EEme to Unlock Appliance-Level Energy Insights

EEMe CEO and founder Enes Hosgor told Greentech Media in 2015 that its Pecan Street tests broke new ground for the energy disaggregation industry in terms of the scale and openness of its testing. “If you don’t have that insight in public, you... Read More

January 10, 2019

Blog Post

What 1-second data can tell you about voltage and solar

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street One topic we’ve been focusing on recently is voltage stabilization. It’s not sexy, but it’s important. In short, the goal is to keep voltage on the grid as constant as possible. A number of things upset that... Read More

December 18, 2018

Blog Post

Annual report and year end review.

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street The past year was one of successes, reflection and transition at Pecan Street, and we’re proud to share with you how we’ve continued — and expanded — the organization’s commitment to world-class energy and... Read More

December 12, 2018

Blog Post

Finding invisible water (and money) leaks with Pecan Street’s tech

By Rachel Jenkins, director of operations, Pecan Street Most water customers – residents and businesses alike – know how much water they used last month. But they don’t know what used that water, or when. Pecan Street’s equipment lets users see... Read More

November 28, 2018

Blog Post

Live from Texas, it is “Vehicle-to-Grid”!

By Andrea Tosi, power systems specialist, Pecan Street We hit an important energy milestone recently with the installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charger that can charge from and discharge to the grid – a bidirectional flow of energy known as... Read More

November 7, 2018

Blog Post

Pecan Street ready to help achieve Austin’s One Water Commitment

By Fisayo Fadelu, CFO and general counsel, Pecan Street This summer, Pecan Street joined a City of Austin delegation in the Twin Cities at the One Water Summit, a national conference focused on water management and... Read More

October 29, 2018

Blog Post

Power factor – a little known feature of a reliable grid

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street Power factor is a measurement distribution engineers use to figure out how difficult it is to provide power to whatever we plug in. Every device that pulls electricity from the grid, from a small... Read More

October 4, 2018

Blog Post

Big data, anyone? Pecan Street hits petabyte territory.

By Grant Fisher, chief information officer, Pecan Street We can say we collect 10 million records per-day, per-house. Or, we can say the database is many terabytes large. Or that we have the world's largest collection of energy, water, and gas data... Read More

October 2, 2018

Blog Post

A drone (and photographer) visits Pecan Street research families

By Rachel Jenkins, director of operations, Pecan Street Thanks to our friends at Environmental Defense Fund, we spent some time last week shooting new photos of two research families and flying a drone to get some cool footage of all the solar panels... Read More

September 24, 2018

Blog Post

Pecan Street’s high-resolution data is unlocking grid mysteries

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street Clean electricity is booming. Last year in California, solar power plants generated nearly 12% of the state's total electricity production and distributed solar likely produced another 5%. Texas got 18% of its... Read More

September 21, 2018

Blog Post

Better late than never, right?

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street You know those friends you haven’t seen in a while…the ones that you KNOW have been busy trying to change the world, but haven’t bothered blogging about it? That’s us.... Read More

September 20, 2018

Blog Post

Home energy research opportunity for Ithaca area residents

Thanks to a consortium of funders led by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Pecan Street is expanding its home energy research network to California’s Bay Area and the Ithaca area in upstate New... Read More

August 9, 2018

News

GCN.com – Can electricity use predict a bad morning commute?

Why are some morning commutes so much worse than others? New research shows that nighttime and early-morning energy use can be a good predictor of morning traffic congestion.  Sean Qian, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at... Read More

August 1, 2018

Press Release

Pecan Street Inc. Brings Energy Research to Upstate New York and California’s Bay Area

(AUSTIN, TX – August 1, 2018) – A $1.1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will allow Pecan Street Inc. to expand its groundbreaking home energy research network into New York and California. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,... Read More

July 12, 2018

Tech Documentation

Restarting Homeplug

Your eGauge energy data collection system reports data back to Pecan Street’s servers using Power Line Communication (PLC), where the data collected by the eGauge is transmitted through your power lines to a device called the Homeplug. The Homeplug... Read More

July 11, 2018

Tech Documentation

Installing and Connecting BluCube

Follow the directions below to install and connect a new BluCube. This also may be necessary if you change your home WiFi equipment, network name or password. You will need to have your home’s WiFi password handy before beginning this process. Please... Read More

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