Düsseldorf, Germany — (METERING.COM) — March 27, 2012 – In its fourth round of research awards, E.ON has awarded a total of around €1 million to three international research teams from Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Germany to develop technologies for the smart home.
The first project team is comprised of IMDEA Energia from Spain and City University London from the U.K., and is occupied with visualization aspects of smart home technologies.
The second team of researchers from the University of Nottingham, U.K. is evaluating how customers cope with using the new technology on a day-to-day basis.
The third project is a comparative study by the University of Westminster, London, and Cardiff University (all U.K.), the Italian National Agency for New Technologies and the German Ecologic Institute, to investigate to what extent the requirements of customers in their three countries differ from each other in terms of new technology.
“We regard the research initiative not only as a means of promoting science and research, we also expect it to provide important external stimuli for the development of new business areas,” commented Urban Keussen, who is responsible for Technology & Innovation at E.ON.
The smart home topic was selected to reflect the philosophy that smart home technologies can help customers to make their lives more comfortable and energy efficient by extracting the maximum value and benefit from the minimum amount of energy.
Together the three projects are expected to give a greater understanding of how different customers in different countries will want to use smart home technologies, how the technologies are packaged and offered as products and services, and how customers will relate to these.
With this funding E.ON has provided a total of €19 million for research purposes over the last six years.