The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to invest about $10 million as part of efforts to expand smart cities technologies. Such technologies create energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to a report, the investment is part of Obama Administration’s Smart Cities Initiative that will help local communities address effects of climate change and improve delivery of city services.
DOE has chalked out the following measures to support emergence of smart, energy-efficient and low-emission cities:
# More than $3 million to advance smart building technologies that optimize operational performance, maximize energy savings and enable smart communications within buildings, from building to building and from buildings to the grid
# DOE will collaborate with multiple private sector groups to leverage the work of the existing Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator
# A competition with purse of $1 million will be held in 2016 to support efforts of cities to implement sensing, data sharing and data analytics to achieve city goals for reducing energy consumption
# DOE will launch a Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation (SMART) Mobility consortium with $5 million in new research funding. Initial research will focus on connected and automated vehicles, urban science, decision science, multi-modal transport and integrated vehicle-fueling infrastructure systems
Ajith Kumar S