CLEAResult Call for Innovation

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY APPLICATIONS FOR SMART PHONES

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Background:

Modern smartphones are packed with a variety of sensors capable of detecting all kinds of things about their surroundings. Depending on the smart phone, sensor capabilities can include a thermometer, humidity sensor, barometer, magnetometer, light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer and more. There are even third-party infrared camera attachments for thermal imaging. Smart phones can determine not only whether their owners are home, or close to home, but where they are within their homes, which may be useful for managing HVAC systems, room or zone control of temperature, and controlling lighting and appliances. Smart phones can also analyze data and inform homeowners with recommendations to manage their energy costs and improve the safety and comfort of their home.

The Challenge:

This Call for Innovation will be conducted in two phases.

Phase 1

Give us your best ideas for ways to leverage the open, programmable, and sensor-rich platform that modern smartphones offer to enhance the way we live, manage, and interact with our homes today and in the future. For example, how can we use our smartphones to:

  • monitor and/or manage energy use and reduce energy costs?
  • conduct low-cost energy assessments?
  • interact with lighting, appliances, and other devices in the home?
  • reduce energy waste by consumer electronics and other plug loads?
  • provide actionable health, safety and comfort feedback about our homes?
  • integrate and manage multiple systems in the home, including renewables and electric vehicles?

The "we" in this question is intentionally open, and could be home occupants, home performance contractors, HVAC installers, etc. Be sure to state explicitly the target beneficiary of your innovation!

Phase 1 of this JUMP Call for Innovation requires only a written proposal. Be sure to specify which sensor(s) and or feature(s) in a smart phone will enable your innovation.

The public may submit questions, comments, and suggestions on the website in response to the written proposals, and you may find these comments to be helpful. You are free to edit or refine your submission up until the submission deadline.

The public is invited to vote on your idea throughout the submission period. Public voting will remain open for an additional 1 week after the submission deadline. Based on the results of the voting, no more than six Finalists will be invited to proceed to Phase 2 of this competition.

Phase 2

The top submissions in Phase 1 will be invited to clarify their proposals with additional details and supporting materials. A maximum of six Finalists will be invited to Austin, TX to attend the CLEAResult Energy Forum in October (https://www.clearesultenergyforum.com/event-2016). There these Finalists will give more in-depth presentations of their innovations. The 10-minute presentations in front of the industry audience and panel of judges will require, at a minimum, a slide deck overview, but you may bring other supporting items such as hardware or software demonstration. Following all of the presentations, the judges will deliberate and selected the Overall Winner.

Intellectual Property Considerations:

Review and consideration of ideas does not require submitters to provide ideas with documented Intellectual Property (IP). If you are concerned about protecting the potential of your IP, choose the “Invisible to other Innovators” option when submitting your idea. Choosing this submission option will enable the judges to review your ideas but will not show it openly on the JUMP website.

Choosing the “Invisible to other Innovators”, however, will not permit the JUMP community to comment, discuss, or vote on your idea. Finalists from Phase 1 will be selected largely based on the results of the voting so we discourage choosing "Invisible to other Innovators" unless you have a concrete IP concern. Ideas submitted this way will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the panel of judges, who have ultimate authority over which submissions are invited to move on to Phase 2.

The Award:

Selected Finalists from Phase 1 will be invited to present their concepts at the 2016 CLEAResult Energy Forum, where a grand winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. Travel to Austin will be paid for by CLEAResult.

The Winner of Phase 2 will receive a cash prize of $3000 as well as mentorship in commercialization of his/her idea, if applicable.

Successful JUMP winners may also elect to submit a "Request for Assistance (RFA)" for Round 3 or subsequent Rounds of the DOE Lab Impact Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot Small Business Voucher. Successful SBV requests may be provided up to $300k in the form of in-kind technical support for prototype development, testing, and other problem statements facing small businesses in the clean energy innovation space.

Deadline:

Idea Submission Period for Phase 1 ends: August 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

Public voting ends: September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

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EnergyABC Monster Game_Awareness Behavior Commitment

Problem: With the mounting pressure of climate change and the rising number of new consumer electronic products/appliances coming to household, there is a strong urging need and social responsibility to encourage behaviors for efficient energy consumption. Yet, changing human behaviors is among the toughest problems to solve. With the power of behavior economics and user-centered design, how might we help the general ...more »

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unVolt - The Energy Saving App

Green Gone Mobile. The problems we’re addressing: ------------------------------------------- 1 - A tremendous amount of energy is wasted in the existing housing stock in the United States every day because people don’t understand the value of simple energy related decisions they make. 2 – Most energy providers only have one negative touch-point with their customers each month (the bill!) Our Solution: ------------------ ...more »

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Consumer Alerts From Local Water Utilities To Impact Energy Use

Moving and treating water uses 4% of the energy consumed in this country, but residential water consumers have no way of connecting their water consumption to the energy being used. In heat waves, for instance, people tend to use more water, compounding the chances of blackouts. For electricity consumers, regional grid operators have created smartphone apps to alert the public to dangerous demand levels during heat ...more »

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User Interactive Smart Monitoring

The Scene The existing utility distribution network throughout the country provides a perfect vehicle for the implementation of a large-scale energy monitoring and efficiency system. We propose to leverage the existing utility networks and their partnering contractors to provide a large-scale installation of readily available energy and consumption monitors. The monitors would receive input data from users through ...more »

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Energy profile gamification

A Smart Phone application that serves as a home or building energy management dashboard (Residential Single-Family or Multifamily buildings) and creates evolving energy challenges for occupants and home/building owners. The application relies on data from a smart meter or external CT sensors in the home's service panel and uses internal algorithms to disaggregate end-uses based on load profile. This sensor/algorithm ...more »

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Mobile Building Envelope Design / Energy Assessment

A breathable envelope is a durable envelope. In an industry offering a wealth of building materials and processes all designated for the building envelope it is impossible to apply a one case fits all combination of materials. The purpose of the building envelope is to keep external elements out of the building, that’s the easy part. Creating a breathable air tight enclosure is the difficult part. Choosing a building ...more »

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See through refigerator door

Using liquid crystal film between to layers of glass or plexiglass. Instead of opening and closing a refigerator to see what is in it, you can turn it on to make it clear, then turn it off to make it opaque. It would save on electric and the wear and tear on the door seals. Great for families with lots of kids. Some liquid crystal film can be projected on and touch screens could be added.

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The Energy ‘Gas Tank’

The energy ‘gas tank’ smartphone application provides utility customers a simple, accessible, understandable way to view and manage their energy use at a glance. This is achieved by drawing an analogy between home energy use and another familiar form of energy purchasing: refueling an automobile. By applying concepts related to car refueling to home energy use, the goal is to shift the way in which homeowners think about ...more »

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Human-in-the-loop thermostat

The idea utilizes the emerging technology of wearable devices. A user interface app, such as the one attached, will be used to receive an occupant smart watch biometric data (heart rate, skin temperature, ..) along with his direct feedback on his thermal comfort conditions during a calibration period. Different machine learning algorithms and nonlinear fitting are planned for training the best model for each home resident ...more »

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Net Metering Heat Pump System Using Dual Purpose Solar Blanket

To create a heat pump system that will run without the use of any outside utilities. Through the use of a two sided roll-out “solar blanket” for residential swimming pools where one side has hydrophobic plastic material with condensation drainage cones for any evaporating pool water to fall back into the body of water, the other side has a flexible PV membrane encapsulated in a flexible transparent silicon/resin. The ...more »

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Home Energy Dashboard

Real-world energy consumption for appliances and electronics is a mystery to most homeowners. While the DOE rates most of these gadgets, those are just estimates, and the real consumption varies for every house and homeowner, and the utility rate affects the operating cost dramatically. The Home Energy Dashboard would offer homeowners the ability to, gadget by gadget, define their home's energy consumption and determine ...more »

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Residential Utility Efficiency and Comfort Optimization System

This idea is focused on optimizing both the efficiency of energy and water use, and occupant comfort level, in a residential environment. The system should be flexible enough to accommodate a basic/standard home, as well as one with enhancements such as solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling systems, wind turbines, multiple heating sources (electric, gas, oil, wood), and extensive landscape watering systems. One or ...more »

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