Remember back in October when we reported on Austin’s Pecan Street smart grid project? (You can watch the video interview from SxSW Eco here, if not). Well, it looks like the organization recently gained an interesting and important partner that could help bring a new generation of home energy management tools to market.
LG Electronics recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pecan Street, pledging to contribute its expertise to the organization’s unique research of smart homes, energy management and consumer electronics in a real-life neighborhood laboratory.
Pecan Street Inc. is conducting one of the world’s most unique and advanced consumer energy research trials in a normal Austin neighborhood. Well, it’s not that normal, since it consists of more than 450 volunteer homeowners who are testing energy and consumer electronic products and services while their energy use is analyzed. Since the research began, more than 60 residents have acquired electric vehicles and more than 200 homes have installed rooftop solar.
For its part in the demonstration, LG will install its advanced air conditioners, smart refrigerators, smart washing machines, LED lighting and Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) in participating homes. LG’s technology and smart grid-ready products will also be on display locally at the Pike Powers Lab, the nation’s first non-profit smart grid research lab for carrying out research, commercialization and educational activities.
Dell, Intel, Sony, Oncor, OnStar and SunEdison are just a few of the international technology companies already involved in the project.