Google PowerMeter

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This is new… google has a hardware based “Google PowerMeter prototype” with demo project… No hardware shots yet…

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The twittering power meter that Limor and I made uses the app engine, maybe they’ll add it. Anyone at google interested?

10 thoughts on “Google PowerMeter

  1. As solar technology steadily improves, and as stimulus money gets channeled into the green power industry, soon a significant percentage of power will come from individuals and small power farms. Hard to imagine now? Sound greenwashed? Solar panels already pay for themselves after just a few years. In ten years crowdsourced power will be a completely new market and Google (as usual) is putting themselves in the position to be the manager of that market. This is big stuff.


  2. @ThinkSketch Off-the-grid power networks are an interesting evolution of new ways of managing your relationship with energy consumption. I believe anyone brave enough to pursue such a lifestyle is pioneer in reinventing how we operate with those who supply energy.

    I think devices like the kill-a-watt and Google’s proposed system are a step forward. What’s lacking however, is context for the end-user. They are not aware what it means to use X KWH vs. Y KWH. If there was someway to inform the user: “Hey, you used 8000 times more energy than a family in Africa today.” I think that will create a more successful gauge for power consumption.

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