Smart homes and smart grids are coming, with big players scrambling to meet increasing consumer demand for easy-to-use energy efficiency tools at home. Everyone, it seems, wants to be the first to sell your local utility company on their new energy management system, and the latest is GreenWave Reality.
GreenWave’s energy management platform is built around open-standard Internet Protocol-based communications for long-term compatibility with other sensors and systems and was designed for easy consumer set-up, making use of a patent-pending technology that assists in identifying appliances. The end-user can then access their own home energy portal, where a GreenWave “energy coach” analyzes their home and makes “smart control” suggestions for reducing energy consumption by turning off devices when they’re not in use.
While all this would suggest that this energy management platform was developed for homeowners themselves, GreenWave Reality sees their platform as an ideal way for utilities to enhance the value of smart meter deployments to their customers while providing service providers with powerful tools for understanding overall consumer energy usage patterns (a key factor in incentivizing customers to shift demand from peak to off-peak times, lessening stress on the grid). According to a recent release, the GreenWave energy management platform is now available to utility service providers in Europe, North America and Asia.