Every January, just after the new year has begun, Las Vegas fills with hundreds of thousands of people and the latest gadgets and gizmos. Many electronics enthusiasts populate the Las Vegas Convention Center’s halls to inspect (play with) new drones, cars, smart devices and more. This year, Clean Energy Project roamed the halls in search of the latest in energy efficiency and clean tech. Here’s our top 5:
- Mistbox – Mistbox was designed with the extreme dry heat of the southwest in mind. This device attaches to the outside of your air conditioning condenser unit. It learns the on/off pattern of your unit and sprays a shield of fine mist, cooling the air around it, when it turns on. This process is known as evaporative cooling. By pre-cooling the air around your condenser unit, which brings chilled outside air into your home or business, your AC system doesn’t have to work to cool your space. This little gadget even runs on its own renewable wind energy generated by the fan of your condenser unit. The device boasts up to 30% savings on your power bill. The company’s newest model, which is acquired with a subscription plan, isn’t available just yet. Check out Mistbox.com for more details and updates.
- Curb – Curb is a home energy monitoring system that plugs directly into your breaker panel giving you real-time data on your energy consumption and energy production. You read that correctly – it measures your rooftop solar output too! Curb doesn’t just spit out simple bar graphs and pie charts either. By using rate information from your local utility, you can even estimate your monthly bill. And yes, there’s an app for that. The Curb App allows you to see how much you’re spending on electricity per appliance at any given moment. Learn more at EnergyCurb.com.
- Solar Gaps – Who knew your window blinds could be so smart? These motorized blinds track the sun to shade your windows when you need it most. While the blinds are deflecting harsh sunlight and keeping your interiors cool, built-in solar cells are absorbing that solar energy and using it to power your home or small business – via your utility’s net metering program, of course. These solar blinds are also a great option if you live in an apartment or other building that does not support rooftop solar panels. This French start-up doesn’t have their blinds on the market yet, but you can get on the waitlist at SolarGaps.com.
- Powercube – Although this start-up tech company’s signature product is only available in South Korea, Powercube’s portable electric vehicle (EV) charging system could have huge implications for EV infrastructure when it expands to the U.S. Here’s how it works: Take your Powercube EV Line everywhere you go and simply plug it into a regular wall outlet in a participating business’ parking structure. The EV Line is fitted with an RFID chip that stores your payment information. When plugged into the business’ outlet, the EV Line will measure how much electricity you use to charge your vehicle and pay the business for it using your payment information. This system could also provide a way for small businesses to offer EV charging and make a little extra money in the process!
- Faraday Future FF91 – It’s here! Unveiled at CES this year was the highly anticipated FF91, Faraday Future’s flagship vehicle. What separates the FF91 from other electric vehicles is it’s modular battery design – a design intended for all Faraday Future models. By assembling the battery in separate, modular blocks rather than one large central unit, Faraday is able to easily adjust a vehicle’s size, shape, weight, power output and travel range. Arguably, this allows the company to produce more models, more efficiently and with less environmental impact. This electric, semi-autonomous luxury vehicle is expected to be built right here in North Las Vegas. We’ll keep you updated as more info on this new ride comes available.