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June 6, 20135 years ago

Smart Home Energy LAB (SHEL): Towards Smart Household Appliances

Electrical appliances capable of starting up when energy is available and cheaper? Within the framework of SHEL (Smart Home Energy Lab) Laborelec is working on integrating this type of automated management system for all households.

Companies today are used to the implementation of sophisticated energy efficiency processes. Still, in households, the means of optimizing energy consumption and cost remain inconsequential. In the best of cases, they are limited to starting up electrical appliances when the tariff changes to night rates, a solution that does not adapt well to any evolution towards renewable energies in the energy mix. How can you make electrical appliances work, for example, when the wind and the sun are generating abundant and cheaper electricity – or vice-versa, how do you limit the use of household appliances during peak demand?