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Smart metering system to cut energy costs

25-05-2010
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CSIRO has developed a new web-based smart metering system to enable householders, small businesses and electricity retailers to remotely control energy use over a broadband Internet connection.

The aim is to help small scale energy users cut energy use, costs and carbon emissions.

CSIRO project leader, Dr Martin de Groot, said the system will give householders the flexibility to cutback their electricity use at times when it’s needed elsewhere on the grid.

CSIRO has worked with energy service company, Energy Response, and hardware designer, Saturn South, to develop a system able to aggregate a large number of smaller users. Until now this has been logistically impossible and cost prohibitive.

"By taking advantage of common broadband Internet connections we are now able to build and deploy a very cheap, real-time platform to deliver energy services to individual dwellings,” Dr de Groot said.

The system involves installing a mini smart-meter in a household or business electrical switchboard, which can then be managed remotely from a centralised control platform.

“Once regulatory approval has been given, energy service companies will be able offer householders more favorable electricity supply agreements and enable them to be more adaptable in their consumption patterns.

“By taking advantage of common broadband Internet connections we are now able to build and deploy a very cheap, real-time platform to deliver energy services to individual dwellings.

“The householders can even receive alerts on their mobile phones notifying of any significant changes in energy use in the home.”

The system has been on display at the CeBIT technology conference at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

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