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Research center targets home energy conservation

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:energy management? home energy? power solution?

GreenWave Reality Inc., together with Australia's Swinburne University of Technology, will open an Energy Management Research Center (EMRC) in Melbourne, Australia. The EMRC will serve as an international center of thought leadership and technical excellence that will allow scientists and technologists to explore other energy saving measures that can be developed to benefit the planet. It aims to highlight intelligent home energy conservation solutions, primarily the GreenWave Reality Home Energy Management solution.

The GreenWave Reality technology enables consumers to monitor, control and reduce their energy consumption while enhancing their lifestyle. The company emphasized that the solution is secure, easy-to-use and is based on industry standards. It also strengthens the relationship of utilities with customers and balances energy better on the grid using advanced demand response tools.

Based on an open IP-based platform, the GreenWave Reality solution allows partners to integrate hardware solutions and advanced services for energy-efficient, smart home, the company added.

The GreenWave Reality solution consists of PowerNodes (intelligent power strips) that are said to make connected devices smart and controllable, an in-home energy display and a pulse reader that transmits the total energy consumption from the smart meter, all connected to the advanced gateway. The solution is also capable of managing electric vehicle (EV) charging, heat pumps, and water and gas meters.

The EMRC has a demo room that displays systems to be used in demonstrating the real-time impact of energy conservation measures and technologies. The center will also have a training room that will include the Smart Green Home Virtual Learning platform, consisting of the GreenWave Reality Home Energy Management solution running on Internet-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. The room will also provide educational software to foster energy conservation behavior by teaching visitors of all ages.

"This visionary facility will be pioneering in intelligent management of home energy use, and will be an international showpiece of technology, education and collaboration," said Leon Sterling, professor and dean of the faculty of information and communication technologies at Swinburne University of Technology. "GreenWave Reality has proven to be the ideal partner in this leading-edge initiative by way of their technology and innovation, which is an ideal match for our research and teaching expertise in energy management."

Both GreenWave Reality and Swinburne personnel will be attached to the EMRC for long term assignments.

"GreenWave Reality is honored to have been selected as Swinburne University's partner in this state-of-the-art, international, energy management center," said Greg Memo, CEO of GreenWave Reality. "We envision the center as becoming a global icon for collaboration and innovation on energy conservation, enabling a new class of advanced applications for the next wave of energy-efficient, smart homes."

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