Pecan Street’s energy research insights help corporations, entrepreneurs, and policymakers develop leapfrog solutions that accelerate the transition to clean energy.
We specialize in modeling, testing, and verifying new smart home technology, electricity pricing, electric vehicle infrastructure, solar energy, and energy storage.
Our one-of-a-kind research network includes more than 1,000 volunteer participants whose home energy use (and, for solar residents, generation) is measured and analyzed in real-time.
Pecan Street invented a way to transform old, analog water meters into internet-connected devices that can identify how water is used and detect minuscule water leaks.
More than 25 water utilities and universities have joined forces with Pecan Street through the University Municipal Water Consortium, where they are harnessing the power of advanced technologies, cloud computing, and data-intensive field research to accelerate water conservation and availability solutions.
As more cities pursue low-carbon strategies, our transportation sector will become increasingly electric – from passenger cars to buses and shuttles. That means utilities, researchers, and policy-makers need a better understanding of how our grid will be impacted and what steps we should take to prepare for this shift. Through public-private partnerships, Pecan Street is conducting research of residential EV adoption, vehicle-to-grid integration, and the electrification of public transit.
Soil Carbon Research
Pecan Street’s Digital Dirt initiative is exploring new methods to accelerate market development for carbon farming.
One of the world’s most effective climate solutions lays dormant under our feet. Pecan Street is applying its experience in electricity, water, and natural gas data collection and analysis to a new front on the fight against climate change: soils.
Globally, soils contain more than 2 trillion metric tons of carbon – more than three times the carbon as is in our atmosphere. And scientists believe we can store much more carbon in cropland soils around the world.
But first, we must quantify its potential, create financial incentives for farmers to participate in this change, and develop tools and standards to measure its progress in order to scale soil carbon storage efforts. The Digital Dirt initiative will draw on Pecan Street’s expertise to overcome these hurdles.