Energy@Home project to begin in-home trials


Claudio Borean,
task leader
Milan, Italy — (METERING.COM) — November 15, 2011 – The Energy@Home project is now ready to field test in 100 homes over the coming months, project task leader Claudio Borean has announced.

The project, which is being undertaken by a consortium led by Enel, Telecom Italia, Electrolux and Indesit, envisions a program that can provide users with information on their household energy consumption directly on the display of a metering appliance or remotely on a smartphone or computer. Using this information, consumers will be able to assess their energy use for home appliances and potentially enhance the energy efficiency of their entire house.

Energy@Home’s mission is to develop an interoperable home area network (HAN) focused on energy management and energy saving. The goal of the project is to build a communication infrastructure that enables value-added services related to energy usage, consumption and costs in the HAN.

A typical Energy@Home system includes the following:

  • An ADSL gateway with wireless connectivity using ZigBee(R) wireless protocol
  • A smart information device, such as a smartphone, connected to the electricity meter through a USB ZigBee dongle key
  • Smart appliances in the home such as refrigerators, washers and dryers
  • Smart plugs that allow ZigBee enabled appliances to communicate with the HAN.

“We are excited about the rapid and innovative developments achieved by the Energy@Home consortium,” commented Bruno Baylac, director of the Medical, Metering and Connectivity solutions division for Freescale Semiconductor in a statement.

For more on the project see Smart Energy International Issue 3 2011, p 52.