As we increasingly look to renewable sources to satisfy our growing energy needs, the challenge of securing reliable energy also grows. The immediate options for our energy future are more carbon, more blackouts, or more smart technologies, and as a householder and energy user, you have the power (quite literally) to help secure your own energy future. We’re developing ideas to help achieve this for you, but need your help during a short trial this year to get them right.
In short, The Generation Game uses state-of-the-art technology to enable householders to offer flexibility of their home energy use to support the “smart grid”. The trial will run for 3 months in 2012 and we’re looking for ordinary householders to participate – will you join in? All you need is a reliable home broadband connection – we supply everything else free of charge for the whole trial.
When the grid is under strain, we’ll send a request directly to your existing appliances to switch them off/on using advanced smart-home equipment. You will (of course) have complete ultimate control of your appliances at all times, but in return for allowing us simple on/off control of appliances of your choice, you’ll be duly rewarded. This will reduce carbon emissions, facilitate the use of renewable energy sources and can reduce your energy bill.
If you’re interested in playing the game in our upcoming trial, APPLY HERE, or email firstname.lastname@example.org more information…
For a wider overview of the need for smarter technology, click here.
“Smart grids are digitally-enabled grids that can accommodate the changing patterns of demand and generation of electricity. They facilitate the integration of renewables, allowing the network to be balanced more easily and efficiently, and bring considerable benefits to the consumer such as more reliable, sustainable and cost-efficient electricity.”
Prof. Jim McDonald, University of Strathclyde