Smart cities are likely to be an integral part of the future energy revolution, tying together new technologies for energy generation and storage, vehicles, and smart lighting, to increase energy efficiency and reduce city emissions. Totem Power, a New York-based startup unveiled this week what it is calling the world’s first energy solution to reimagine and redesign smart utility.
Totem Power have created a “dynamic smart city platform” that combines solar energy and energy storage, WiFi and 4G communications, electric vehicle charging, and smart lighting, all into one single product that integrates all of these various technologies into the city infrastructure. Specifically, the new platform gives the company its name — a totem pole-like product that includes all these technologies in one attractive product.
“Totem believes design can fundamentally change the world,” said Brian Lakamp, CEO and founder of Totem Power. “We’re on a mission to realize the full potential of energy’s transformation by providing communities and corporations with intelligent, experiential and engaging structures – something that delivers powerful functionality and tells an easily understood story about clean energy and the next generation of critical services. We are building technology for the cities of tomorrow.”
“Energy, communications and transportation need to undergo radical transformations to support the emerging needs of truly smart, clean cities,” the company explains in its press release. “Totem provides the foundation for reshaping smart utility in an integrated, visually-stunning product designed for the living spaces of communities, instead of relegating it to only rooftops and garages.” Totem believes that its product will be able to “shatter the limits for solar and wind that the current network imposes,” creating a product that can be used in locations as varied as city streets, schools, corporate campuses, and retail locations.
Totem is not only providing clean energy features such as solar, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging, but integrating WiFi and 4G communication abilities to better fit into society’s ever-increasing connected lifestyles. This connectivity also plays into the future of energy networks by enabling the connectivity that will be integral in future, dynamic energy networks.
Further still, Totem is able to work in emergency situations, with its own energy generation and communications that continue even in the event of a grid failure.
“By 2020, the construction industry has the potential to comprise over $10 trillion, including the largest number of green projects in our history,” said Jeffrey Kenoffa Director at Kohn Pedersen Fox. “Despite vast regional distinctions, we all share the desire for smarter and better designed energy solutions. Totem is one of the first to unite design, infrastructure, and community in a single as well as exquisite platform. It’s hard to imagine a major project or public space that it would not transform.”
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