New research aims to make our homes smarter and more energy efficient

31 Aug 2010

Over a dozen new research and development projects now underway will aim to show how smart meters can be integrated with communications technology to make homes more energy-efficient, and consumers more energy-aware.

Thirteen major new projects are to receive support from the Technology Strategy Board which, in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will invest £3.8 million in the innovative research and development.  The projects will integrate 'smart' meters with communications technology to make a 'smart' system that will have an impact on the demand for energy in the home.

Iain Gray, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, said

"The technology for smart meters - which give us real-time information about how much energy we are using - already exists.  The next step is for these smart meters to form part of smart home systems, where appliances are integrated, giving us much more control over energy usage.

"To make the best use of these technologies, collaboration is required across sectors, bringing   network operators together with the telecommunications and ICT infrastructure sectors."

Projects will deploy and test a wide array of interoperable networked systems, demonstrating the many integrated functions offered by smart meter technologies, delivering the integrated suite of services and partnerships needed to assist the development of the UK's Smartgrid programme.

Systems will incorporate energy usage data with microgeneration asset management; demand management of household appliances; examine security and privacy issues; offer integrated tele-healthcare and even financial services. Ends

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Companies and other organisations seeking further information about this and other funding competitions should visit the competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website -, email or phone the helpline on 0300 321 4357.

Contact for media enquiries only:  Nick Sheppard, Media Relations Consultant, Technology Strategy Board, Mobile: 07824 599644, Email:



Last updated on Tuesday 31 August 2010 at 10:23

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