Pecan Street uses a smart-grid system, an electricity supply network that uses newly developed technologies, to detect and communicate changes in the use of electricity, gas and, most recently, water. Pecan Street provides researchers and organizations energy use data to manage electricity demand and encourage sustainable practices.
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.
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.
Pecan Street is excited to announce the agenda for the university municipal water consortium’s winter technical workshop to be held January 28, 2015 on The University of Texas campus in Austin.