31 Challenges Apple Must Overcome to Dominate Self-Driving cars

31 Challenges Apple Must Overcome to Dominate Self-Driving cars

By now you have likely heard that Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, is looking to advance the company’s driverless car venture. This admission is truly exciting since software will play a monster role in the advancement of this project. Despite the idea that developing self-driving cars is itself massive in its own right, Apple may (more importantly) be looking at how this technology could help them open the door for a truly connected experience for consumers, something that completely alters the mobility experience as we know it through augmented reality, blockchain and digital twin technology (an idea I recently discussed here). 

How blockchain will transcend how AI is used in mobile transportation 

How blockchain will transcend how AI is used in mobile transportation 

Right now, you open the door to your car and sit in the driver’s seat. Unless you actually do something like start the car, adjust the temperature, maybe find a good song on the radio or input your destination into your navigation system, your car doesn’t respond. Frankly your car does NOT know you. That’s about to change thanks to AI and blockchain, the immutable technology platform behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin, which will transcend how intelligent software is used in mobile transportation. 

Energy Blockchain: Microgrids could whet the big appetite for clean energy in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas. As a leading state focused on renewable energy growth, that statement would appear to be true, but is it?

With Texas aggressively lowering its reliance on oil production thanks to advances in renewables, more growth from wind and solar power will require modern power grid infrastructure.

California wants to secede, with blockchain it just may

California wants to secede, with blockchain it just may

There has been ample talk in recent months that California, largely a Democratic stronghold, should consider seceding from the US. following the results of the November U.S. Presidential election. Perhaps it should secede, just maybe not the way one would think. If political rhetoric moves beyond just words and government decision-making really does go back to the states under President Trump’s administration, then California, a state historically a leader in change, and an early adopter of new technologies, especially as it relates to clean energy innovation, can truly give power back to the people and secede, at least from an antiquated power grid that is not able to sustain either current or future electricity demand. 

If EPA’s Pruitt really wanted to shake things up he’d back this ASAP

If EPA’s Pruitt really wanted to shake things up he’d back this ASAP

Scott Pruitt, the newly minted head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), gave his first speech earlier this week to the agency’s 15,0000 person team. While he outlined his vision and strong need to create new jobs and boost economic growth, questions about his altruism regarding the environment sadly remain. That doesn’t have to be the case though. 

Evolving Sustainability Through the Peer-to-Peer Energy Market

Evolving Sustainability Through the Peer-to-Peer Energy Market

Clean. It’s a word that means different things to different people. Yet in the energy world, “clean”, more often than not, refers to energy produced from renewable sources.

With solar prices continuing to plummet and become more affordable for consumers, a more efficient and localized peer-to-peer energy market needs to emerge as a means to monetize excess clean energy capacity.

LO3 Energy named one of the most innovative co's in energy

We would like to express our best wishes and huge congrats to our friends at @LO3energy for being named one of the most innovative co's in energy by @FastCompany.

To learn more about LO3 Energy and the company's Brooklyn Microgrid project please see the video below. To view the full list of Fast Company innovator recipients by sector please visit http://bit.ly/2lHD8oq.

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

It’s been said that a tree grows in Brooklyn. Based on my recent visit with Architectural Grille, so does innovation. I was blown away how this company, a light commercial business that is member of the Brooklyn Microgrid is strategically looking to make itself and the surrounding community more resilient. From embracing solar power and implementing the latest manufacturing technologies to creating local jobs, I was able to see firsthand the spirit of modern capitalism and how an established business was looking for new ways to not only stay cutting edge, but to be sustainable to its very core. No greater example of this was management’s willingness to join a pilot study (see video below) aimed at tapping data analytics to examine how to monetize excess energy production through a blockchain platform that can foster a localized peer-to-peer energy marketplace, nothing short of a transformative concept in the power sector. 

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

Opportunity for President Trump and his new administration. It will most definitely come in many shapes, sizes and yes, even industries. To that end, while there was enormous focus in 2016 regarding how blockchain, the digital ledger of transactions, is rapidly disrupting the banking industry, opportunities for this technology do also exist within auto, insurance and energy, a focus near and dear to my heart at Blue Phoenix. This is especially true with the Internet of Things (IoT) blossoming and connected devices usage expected to top 500 billion by 2030 alone according to Cisco Systems. 

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

Blockchain is a hot topic these days, and rightly so due to its vast potential in helping to shape news ways to transparently perform real-time transactions and evolve the future of secure global business. With such a lighting in a bottle type of disruption at our fingertips, the internet as we now know it is about to look like black and white televisions. Here are some quick thoughts on blockchain I put together and wanted to share with you. 

Energy technology can help millennials afford home ownership

Energy technology can help millennials afford home ownership

More and more millennials are buying single family homes outside the city limits due in part to urban centers reaching “peak millennial” as stated by Professor Dowell Meyers of USC. Many of these rural homes are older - something that can make the purchase more affordable, along with mortgage rates that are still near 40-year lows. However, aging homes often need upgrading and are not nearly as energy efficient as compared to newer construction.

13 reasons why energy companies should unplug from traditional marketing

13 reasons why energy companies should unplug from traditional marketing

Much more than previous generations, millennials are socially conscious, especially when it comes to the environment and who they buy products and services from. Considering most millennials and Gen Z growing up behind them are connected to mobile devices, the way energy companies interact with them must change. Therefore content strategy should be about storytelling, personalization and conversation. The younger generation wants to feel like they are being heard, by humans. So if you are trying to engage with customers, don’t rely on chatbots - not yet anyway.

“Retaining” today’s energy customer is more important than adding them

“Retaining” today’s energy customer is more important than adding them

In a world more focused on sharing, efficiency and affordability, adding customers for utilities is simply not the win is used to be. In fact, “retaining” them is more important than ever for today’s utility players. This is why data can play a pivotal role to drive new insights that can ultimately help utilities evolve in an era of change and disruption taking place within the energy sector. 

Orchestration of energy could help avoid rolling blackouts from electric cars

Orchestration of energy could help avoid rolling blackouts from electric cars

Whether you agree or not you agree, the personalization of energy is happening at warp speed and greater stress on the grid will only become more and more evident as EV prices drop further and higher amounts of charging at all hours becomes simply unavoidable.