We addressed the California energy ‘duck’ curve problem with a more intelligent and efficient household thermostat. Our goal was to alleviate the strain on the electrical grid during times of peak energy demand by redirecting demand to a more favorable time during the day. Our strategy was to create a smart thermostat that would utilize renewable energy at times when they are most abundant, shifting the energy demands away from peak periods. This thermostat would be able to adjust to the user’s home and weather conditions, represent an efficient solution to the ‘duck’ curve problem, and contribute to the larger goal of creating a more stable energy demand throughout the day for California.
On Tuesday, November 28th, GCI welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kishonna Gray for our GCI Speaker Series. Dr. Gray talked about the research she has done regarding how technology impacts our culture and the world around us. Her talk on Tuesday was centered around disparities in the representation of people of color as well as women,