The 'Global Calculator': A New Interactive Climate Change Scenario Tool

April 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Prediction Tools

A new tool named the “Global Calculator” is designed to interactively raise awareness of climate change impacts. A lack of action on behalf of the international community to implement global mitigation and adaptation strategies is expected to increase the severity of these climate change impacts.[read more]


Software: The Arrow in the Quiver for Energy Storage?

February 19, 2015 by Scott Burger

Software and Energy Storage

Competition in the energy storage technology space is heating up as costs fall and utilities seek innovative solutions to their challenges. However, determining the business case for energy storage is still a challenging proposition. Energy storage software providers believe they are the key.[read more]

Beyond Hardware: Why ARPA-E Sees Big Potential in Software Analytics for the Grid

September 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Traditionally, ARPA-E focuses on capital- or materials-intensive solutions like battery storage, fuel cells, biofuels, electric motors and power electronics. But recently, it has ramped up its support for companies and research teams that are developing software analytics for the transmission and distribution grids.[read more]

How Software Could Save Big Money on the UK Grid

September 10, 2014 by Jeff St. John

UK Grid Efficiency Software

Here’s one measure of the value of marrying the smart grid with software: $387 million. U.K. utilities Scottish and Southern Energy and U.K. Power Networks believe they can save that much money in distribution system upgrades over the coming years.[read more]

Workflow Automation and Green Button Data Cut Soft Costs From Residential Solar

June 27, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy and Information Innovation

The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs has produced a new variation on sales workflow automation. EnACT, a just-launched software-as-a-service (SaaS) for solar, aims to streamline interactions between potential customers and providers of residential solar or energy efficiency.[read more]

Plug-and-Play Grid Energy Storage Thanks to 1Energy’s Software

May 24, 2013 by Jeff St. John

energy storage

A host of startups are working on software to optimize on-site energy storage systems to avoid peak demand charges, meet demand response calls, or keep the lights on during emergencies.[read more]

Energy Storage, Meet Energy Markets

May 22, 2013 by Jeff St. John

new AES energy storage

AES’s new software platform isn’t the first to address the energy storage and energy markets nexus. Projects around the globe are testing value propositions to be derived from storage, as stand-alone or linked to renewable power.[read more]

Software Applications Poised for Growth in the Smart Grid

December 13, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Intermittent renewables, energy storage, and management and analytics software applications are a triad of synergistic technologies.  Synergy happens when two or more things combined produce more than their separate efforts could produce.  The combination of these three technologies can deliver more reliable electricity and...[read more]

Oak Ridge supercomputers to model nuclear reactors

May 29, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Department of Energy will spend $122 million over next five years. The future of nuclear energy will be found in software. The Department of Energy announced this week it will spend $122 million over the next five years to establish and operate a new Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub. The project is called...[read more]

This is a very opportune time to be investing in sustainability management software

February 15, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit James Jordan I wrote about SAP’s launch of their Sustainability Performance Management software recently. This is a space which is of massively growing importance given the increasing regulations around greenhouse gas emissions, for example. I was heartened then to hear in a recent discussion with SAS that their...[read more]

Mass market electric cars: It's all about the software

September 15, 2009 by Todd Woody

photo: Better Place In today’s New York Times, I write about Better Place’s unveiling of its software platform for managing tens of thousands of electric cars on the road and the grid. Software as much as hardware will be key to making electric cars a mass market phenomenon: Electric cars may be all about hardware – batteries,...[read more]

Can the software industry close the CSR ratings gap?

September 16, 2007 by James Farrar

Last week the socially responsible investment community equivalent of the Oscars – the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) was unveiled and for the first time SAP has taken the lead in CSR performance for the software sector. It’s certainly a cause for celebration but maybe it’s more an occasion for Sekt...[read more]