Lancium’s Niche Patents Create Client

The Demand Response sector may appear to be dominated by several big players - Causam, ENEL, and Johnson Controls - but there are niches available for the smaller players. Lancium, whose software lets data centers ramp their power…

ENEL Group Expecting Bad Weather

ENEL, the multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas, is betting on the role of weather forecasts in the Demand Response market.  With 19 patent assets in the weather forecast subcategory, it is way ahead of the next…

Oregon Wants Clean Energy? Hello Demand Response + Energy Storage

The Pacific Northwest is highly reliant on renewable energy and this dependency is not letting up. The region’s proximity to the Columbia River makes them especially reliant on hydroelectricity. The region’s clean energy initiatives are a…

Trilliant Continues to Roll Out New and Innovative Smart Meters, But Where Are the Patents!?

Trilliant Networks, headquartered in Cary, NC, connects customers, devices, and utilities with its smart grid and smart meter technologies, and its communication platform. Trilliant is a relatively small player in the demand response…

X Development (Formerly Google X) Spin-Off, Malta, Sees Potential in Siemens’ Patents and Forms a Partnership

Siemens, who used to be quite active in the demand response space, is beginning to lag behind the competition. The company’s patents in the space are primarily directed towards methods of demand response usage and management. If Siemens…

Demand Response Sector Poised For Changes – Patents Show The Way

In the last year alone, since the start of July 2020, 37 companies have entered the demand response patent space. Patent Forecast® categorizes demand response patent assets as either consumer devices, such as smart meters and appliances,…

Uplight Predicts Behavioral Energy Efficiency is Key to Demand-Side Management

In 2018, The AES Corporation, a leading power generation and distribution company, made a strategic investment in Simple Energy, the top provider of utility-branded marketplaces. The following year, in 2019, AES announced the merger of…

EnerAllies Demands Change with New Patent − Demand Response Programs are Due for an Update

As energy supply and demand remains an issue, companies such as Honeywell, Johnson Controls, EnergyHub and others are continuing to roll out patents for consumer energy devices like smart meters and programmable thermostats; however, the…

Landis + Gyr Sees Electric Vehicle Charging Patents on the (H)Orison

Landis + Gyr, a Swiss-based company focused on smart meter technology, is taking its knowledge of load management and demand response technologies into new industries, specifically electric vehicles (EVs). The first sign of this expansion…

Renewable Energy Patents Are Down – Which Foreshadows Shifts in Investment. But Why?

Renewable energy had its biggest year worldwide in patents and publications in 2012, but the number of inventions in green energy have plummeted and only recently started to slowly rise in the past year or two. The number of PCT patents in…

Red Hat at the Edge of the Atmosphere

Edge Computing is a critical technology for operations in areas without a fast or strong connection to a central processing server. If outer space isn’t perfect for edge computing, we’re not sure what is. In October, the Patent Forecast®…

Lots of companies can fix a power outage, but we’re betting on Span

With the recent disaster in Texas and other states suffering from frequent power outages, there is a need for an electrical panel that allows consumers to manage their home energy and circuits from anywhere and is built to function with…

Unicorn Uplight Emerges. Will It Disrupt Electric Power Management?

Uplight Inc.'s value rose to $1.5 Billion in a deal adding new investors Schneider Electric and a Huck Capital-Led Investment Group, while The AES Corporation extended its investment.  Steve McBee, CEO, Huck Capital said: "Uplight…

Smart Wires and Amprion Team Up to Smooth Grid Power

Smart Wires, headquartered in Union City, California, is teaming up with Amprion, a German transmission system operator, to relieve constrained power lines with its SmartValve™ power router. SmartValve can control distributed generators,…

Acquisition Raises Grid IQ and Halves Pay-back Period

Fluence, an energy storage joint venture between Siemens and AES based in Arlington, Virginia, has acquired San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a provider of AI-powered software for advanced price forecasting, portfolio…

Valmont Industries Wins First Patent

Valmont Industries Inc., founded in 1946 and headquartered in Valley, Nebraska, is known for designing and manufacturing a variety of equipment such as wireless communication towers, highway safety barriers, and agriculture equipment. They…

A Look At Energyhub

Energyhub, Inc. is a small startup founded in New York in 2007. They have raised over $30 Million across all of their funding rounds before they were acquired by Alarm.com in 2013. Energyhub focuses on energy management systems and working…

Three years of demand response methods with ENEL

ENEL continues its trend of innovation in the field of demand response methods, by patenting a "dispatch prediction system employing weather induced facility energy consumption characterizations." ENEL is an Italian corporation focused on…

Grid4C brings AI to smart grids

Grid4C has been selected as one of Israel's most promising start-ups according to TheMarker magazine. Founded in Tel Aviv in 2013 by Noa Ruschin-Rimini, Grid4C now has substantial operations based in Austin, TX. The start-up's website…

FERC Order 841 Upheld by Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841, opening the door for distributed energy resources (DER) to participate in the energy market across the US. This ruling is a two-edged sword to the…

The Electric Truth of Energy Management’s Future

In a world where most major companies are ceasing development in the platform space to focus almost exclusively on development within the financial exchange space, Johnson Controls is a mystery. While the company has been developing within…

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