UFO Power Center Controls Energy Via iPhone & iPad
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Energy Digital has stressed time and time again the significant amount of energy that can be saved by simply remembering to turn off appliances both at home and in the office. While it may come as common sense to some, in the hectic routine of everyday life it is entirely too easy to leave work and forget to switch off the computer or desk lamp. However, a new simple to use smart power strip is taking the idea of mobile control of appliances to the next level, and offering the technology at a price that anyone can afford.</p>
The UFO Power Center is the next generation smart strip that interfaces seamlessly with the iPhone or iPad. The unit’s sleek design houses four 110 Volt standard three-prong power sockets within its UFO-looking outer shell. The energy used by each socket is measured separately and logged. The device interfaces with any nearby <span data-scayt_word="Wi-Fi" data-scaytid="4">Wi-Fi</span> network and will provide real-time monitoring capabilities through the free iPhone or iPad app available on <a href="http://www.visiblenergy.com/">Visible Energy </a><span data-scayt_word="Inc.'s" data-scaytid="1"><a href="http://www.visiblenergy.com/">Inc.</a>’s</span> product website (<span data-scayt_word="//www.energyufo.com" data-scaytid="2">www.energyufo.com</span>).</p>
In fact, the UFO Power Center allows customers to track both Watts and kilowatt-hours for the past day, week, or even months, continually saving energy usage data every five minutes. </p>
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To put this in perspective, at a cost of 18 cents per kilowatt-hour, a reduction of even just 100 Watts of energy consumption per year can equal $150 in savings. A device as commonplace as your home theater DVR use about 1 kilowatt-hour per day, which translates to $5 per month.</p>
The <a href="http://www.cecsb.org/index.php">Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council</a> says, “We use the UFO to monitor energy use in our conference room. We have a computer, large monitor, and lighting plugged into the Energy UFO. It's great to be able to see the energy used by each device and take steps to modify our energy use when <span data-scayt_word="necessary."" data-scaytid="3">necessary.”</span></p>
The coolest feature of the UFO Power Station is its ability to control your appliances while away from home or the office. Turn your office lamp off with your iPad from home, or shut down your home washing machine from the office with your iPhone. You can also set timers that remotely tell the UFO when to shut down appliances. It can even detect when appliances like computers or mobile phones are finished charging or are in standby mode and turn off power automatically.</p>
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Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly