Connected home heating, French style!
Categorie(s) : Industry, MINATEC, News, Research
Published : 5 October 2015
Researchers at Leti have come up with a way to connect a home’s electric heating system to France’s national grid, letting homeowners take advantage of off-peak utility rates without sacrificing comfort. This smart-grid solution comes in the form of a dedicated circuit board with its own microcontroller.
The circuit board collects data like peak and off-peak hours, load curves, and planned load-shedding from the grid and “learns” occupant habits. All of this data is used to control the home’s heating system via the pilot wire, selecting the frost-protection, economy, comfort, or off settings—standard for electric heating systems in France—as needed.
Research to develop the solution was made possible by IRT Nanoelec. Talks are underway with several manufacturers.