Believe it or not, even though I work at IBM, I don't always know what's going on, and have to stumble upon things in the press like anybody else.
Today, I ran into a story on C:NET that I thought demonstrated a really intriguing use of our WebSphere Application Server software technology that I thought worth passing along.
We're currently working with Whirlpool and the U.S. Department of Energy on a project called "GridWise," studies intended to bring about a more intelligent power grid.
The basic premise of the studies and the technology is to use IBM Software to help alert customers how much energy they specifically are consuming based on real-time prices, and encourage them to lower usage during peak utilization and rates. This will allow them to take action to meet their personal energy budgets and save on overall energy usage before they get their bill.
The other study focuses on a clothes dryer that can sense instability in the power grid and shut itself down as necessary, saving on energy costs and potentially on maintenance. C:NET reported that the widespread adoption of these technologies across the nation could eventually save consumers up to $80 billion in 20 years by negating the need for the construction of new transmission substations and other power distribution equipment.
Now if I could just get a dryer to fold my clothes.