UW energy- and water-sensing technology acquired by Belkin

April 22, 2010

Zensi, a research startup that uses simple technology to monitor home electricity and water use, has been acquired by electronics company Belkin International Inc. The startup was based on technology developed by Shwetak Patel, a University of Washington assistant professor in the departments of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering.

UW, tribal partnership to develop Pacific Northwest bioenergy

May 27, 2010

Biofuels are increasingly popular, but also controversial. Ethanol from food crops has been criticized for raising food prices or displacing forests. In some cases, biofuel feedstocks must be transported many miles from where they are grown to where they are used, burning energy along the way.

For the past two and a half years researchers at the UW have been working with local Native American tribes on a different approach. They are developing locally produced bioenergy that makes sense for the Pacific Northwest.

LED lights may improve safety in U-District neighborhoods

April 21, 2010

An audit conducted by the Husky Neighborhood Assistants (HNA) north of Northeast 45th Street in January found that four streetlights were flickering, 14 were burnt out and 15 were missing bulbs altogether. In an effort to address streetlight concerns in the area, Seattle City Light will be replacing or repairing all malfunctioning streetlights in the U-District through the end of the summer.

Innovative Energy

April 2, 2010

Science majors and business students came together outside the classroom yesterday in a competition to find environmentally friendly solutions to current energy problems.

“The most rewarding part of the entire process was having input from everybody, with all the different disciplines coming together to make the team work,” said Colin Corrent, a graduate in the UW’s Biochemistry Department and a member of the UW Triangle Energy team.

Smart Grid Comes to Campus

March 1, 2010

Higher education is getting a little smarter. That's because last fall the UW became part of a regional test of a smart grid—a system that uses technology to improve power delivery-and-use through intelligent, two-way communication. Utilizing wireless sensor networks, software and computing, a smart grid enables utilities and users to see how much, and where, energy is being consumed.

Salt Power Leads New Energy Sources

January 11, 2010

At the UW, we seem to continually strive toward complete environmental sustainability. The recently installed restrictions on paper used at the UW bring us ever closer to this lofty, yet incredibly noble goal. In addition to this, the introduction of the trial power-grid program, energy-efficient light-bulb exchange, and the on-campus composting program define our school as environmentally conscious, at the very least.

Seattle Needs More Waste-To-Energy

December 7, 2009

What does King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and the company General BioDiesel have in common? They are both interested in your cooking oil. More specifically, King County does not want it clogging their sewer lines, and General BioDiesel wants to convert it into fuel.

This partnering is notable because there is a lack of major waste-to-energy programs in Seattle. While not without its problems, waste-to-energy can solve some of the city’s needs for new energy sources and waste disposal.

UW to be pilot site for smart grid technology

November 24, 2009

The University of Washington will be part of a team that will conduct a regional smart energy grid demonstration project. The $178 million project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and managed by Battelle, will include a demonstration test site on the UW campus in Seattle. The overall goal of the project is to reduce energy costs for consumers, to make the energy grid stronger and more reliable, and to increase accessibility to clean-low-cost renewable energy sources for homes and businesses.