Qurrent: Decentralized, Renewable Energy

Qurrent: Decentralized, Renewable Energy

Jonathan B.
Mar 10, 2008

Let's say you convince your landlord to put PV panels on the roof of your building, your neighbor -- the one with a big yard -- installs a few wind turbines, and the folks in the house next door, inspired by your effort, cover their entire roof with PV panels.

Wouldn't it be great if you could work together as a community to monitor and reduce your energy consumption? That's exactly what Dutch startup Qurrent has introduced...

Qurrent is a complete system to monitor and manage "Local Energy Networks." Your own usage is reported to the system via a Qbox, which can also help you conserve energy by scheduling appliance use.

For instance, you can tell the Qbox that you want your laundry done no later than at 18.00 hours and that it will take about 1.5 hours. You can then go to work and the Qbox will decide what will be the best time to run it.

Information is uploaded to a Qmuity website, which also lets you tweak your settings. While there's an online social networking component here, we're much more excited about the prospects Qurrent has for creating face-to-face interaction and strengthening neighborhood ties.

Qurrent is in the pilot phase; assuming that goes well, it looks to be on the market soon, but we can't find a date.

via Verde Vista

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