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Sweetwater Spectrum
An autism specific residential facility/community with local employment opportunities. Interesting autism specific design issues like silent HVAC, and interior soundproofing such as low sound floors and anechoic ceilings.
autism  assisted  living  residential  facility  housing  health  medicine  employment  Delicious 
may 2014 by asteroza
Camphill Kimberton
A structured community for young and old Down's Syndrome people that provides assisted living and employment, focusing on handicrafts and management of the rural farmlands of the campus. People seem to think very highly of the place (it's nothing like being institutionalized, a lot of good social interaction as well as physical activity), but it isn't cheap
downs  syndrome  housing  residential  facility  medicine  health  assisted  living  Pennsylvania  employment  Delicious 
may 2014 by asteroza
Growing Energy Labs (GELI) | Organizing the World's Energy
"The android of grid storage" is a good way of describing EOS, a software plug-and-play management system for managing grid energy storage.
green  power  network  smartgrid  battery  storage  commercial  business  residential  BEMS  HEMS  software  management  energy  grid  EOS  GELI  Delicious 
october 2012 by asteroza朝日新聞社):JX to upgrade Ene-Farm household fuel cell system - English
Still only 70%, and no mention of an off-grid mode, so it probable still doesn't work under grid blackout conditions (natural gas circulator pump and maybe the stack heater are grid powered only rather than self powered via a small accumulator battery).
japan  ENE-FARM  Enefarm  fuelcell  home  house  residential  power  generator  green  energy  hot  water  heater  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
Toshiba to Launch PV System Using Lead Battery -- Tech-On!
Maybe the translation wasn't right, but the power controller operation modes seem a little off. Shouldn't it be operating in daytime grid power mode with solar boost and battery assist, then back off to grid battery recharge mode at night?
toshiba  residential  integrated  solar  PV  power  generator  controller  home  energy  storage  lead  acid  battery  green  Delicious 
june 2011 by asteroza
Honda to Launch High-efficiency Gas Engine Cogeneration Unit -- Tech-On!
Hrm, I would normally suspect a gas engine here implies a piston judging by the mention of a linkage, but that puts a cap on efficiency since you want to avoid predetonation. Interesting implementation of a variable cylinder volume, but couldn't you do that in a simpler way with a prematurely closing intake valve and simply use cylinder/crankshaft inertia to fight the suction that would develop? But why a reciprocating engine? Capital costs? You would think a fuelcell or capstone microturbine would be better...
Honda  EcoWill  home  residential  cogeneration  CHP  green  energy  reduction  natural  gas  methane  hardware  engine  Delicious 
may 2011 by asteroza
Japan 'plans solar panels for all new buildings'
Interesting, but I have a bad feeling about this. Japan sometimes get especially fixated on a particular subset of a major technology and just won't let go. This will probably be a requirement for solar PV panels, which METI is pimping as a means to support the semiconductor industry. So this puts non-rooftop PV, wall PV, thin film type systems, non-planar PV, combined cycle hybrid PV/thermal, thermal electric solid state, thermal electric mechanical, and pure thermal (for heating and adsorption coolers) at a potential commercial disadvantage. Hopefully the government won't be dumb, and require both feed-in and diurnal energy storage with smart metering so you don't create energy generation islands, and allow offgrid operation. There will likely be a push for putting support for EV recharge hardware connectivity in garages (high voltage lines). Maybe a market opportunity for smart meter makers to make integrated power management hubs with high voltage switchgear?
japan  2030  residential  commercial  building  architecture  construction  regulation  standard  rooftop  solar  panel  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
may 2011 by asteroza
Jennic Wireless Microcontrollers | Products | Protocol Stacks | JenNet-IP
NXP is opensourcing the JenNet-IP stack for controlling GreenChip equipped LED lights remotely via an IP network (IPv6?). Trying to force a defacto standard in home automation by increasing the install base of nodes of a particular protocol?
NXP  JenNet-IP  802.15.4  mesh  network  low  power  embedded  building  automation  residential  commercial  industrial  remote  control  intelligent  system  smarthome  lighting  opensource  protocol  GreenChip  Delicious 
may 2011 by asteroza
Panasonic plans home-use storage cell
Panasonic now getting into the home energy storage market with lithium-ion battery cells. Though one would think you would integrate some ultra-capacitors to better handle the random push/pull of home energy states. Now if somebody could make a nice home energy controller as a COTS device, that can link with Tokyo Gas distributed Ene-Farm home fuel cell systems and Kyocera solar panels to manage the total power profile and to potentially return energy into a smart grid, then you might have something. There seems to be some movement afoot regarding that central smart grid controller, creating an interface independent router to handle the comms interfaces and protocols as a universal device. Especially since you could use a GSM cell modem or inline in-band PLC or a custom radio or even the home's internet connection.
japan  panasonic  sanyo  home  residential  energy  storage  battery  green  hardware  electronics  devices  power  Delicious 
january 2010 by asteroza

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