According to a new survey conducted by ON World with 110 phone interviews with utility project managers, seven out of 10 utilities are planning in-home energy management products that integrate with their customers’ Home Area Networks (HANs).
PowerDash has selected Digi International’s ConnectPort X2 Smart Energy wireless gateway and iDigi Device Cloud to connect its energy performance monitoring solutions to Smart Energy devices for residential solar installations. In addition, it is using the ConnectPort X4 for commercial and industrial solar power installations to connect a broad range of production, metering, and sensing equipment.
According to a new study by Pike research, the smart appliance market, which includes smart grid-connected refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, and other appliances, will experience greater growth beginning in the 2013 timeframe, and by 2019 the cleantech market intelligence firm anticipates that smart appliances will represent a $26.1 billion annual market.
According to global research firm ON World, multi-billion dollar Smart Grid initiatives are driving technology advances for the smart home and the Internet of Things. It’s expected that by 2020, 150 million smart meters with a Home Area Network (HAN) gateway will have been deployed.
Talquin Electric Cooperative is implementing Sensus technologies for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart metering program. The deployment will service all 54,000 residential, commercial, and industrial members in its 2,600 square mile territory. Talquin began deploying the smart meter installation in December 2010 and expects installation to be completed by early 2012.
One of the biggest issues facing the smart grid is the need for interoperability with its varied components. To that end, Alektrona Corporation has launched its new partner program designed to enhance and promote interoperability between energy management devices, the common denominator in standards-based communications protocols like ZigBee Smart Energy and OpenADR.
Under a newly announced partnership, GroundedPower’s Interactive Customer Engagement System (iCES) has been fully integrated with the Digi X-Grid to connect consumers’ home energy devices. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter. The GroundedPower iCES system is an interactive application that gives consumers a better understanding of their power use and the cost of energy.
GreenWave Reality has unveiled its new home energy management platform that creates smart energy-efficient homes through the monitoring and controlling of devices. This system benefits both utilities and consumers; utilities enhance their relationship with consumers and can better balance energy on the grid while consumers can conserve energy with a minimal impact to their lifestyle by easily monitoring and controlling their appliances and adding intelligent LED lighting.
According to a recently published report by ON World, ZigBee has been adopted by over 350 global manufacturers with annual revenues exceeding $1 trillion dollars. Despite the worldwide economic downturn, ZigBee’s annual unit sales have increased 62% since 2007. The report confirms that ZigBee is the accepted protocol for wireless sensing and control.
The ZigBee Alliance, and the IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) have announced plans to collaborate on expanding wireless home area networks (HAN) using IP technology represented by the ZigBee IP specification and the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 standard.