Agreement to enhance communication capabilities of demand response domestic appliances


Adrian Tuck,
CEO, Tendril
Boulder, CO and Louisville, KY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 9, 2009  – A joint development agreement has been signed between Tendril and GE to further enhance the communication capabilities of GE’s demand response appliances.

Tendril, the creator of Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE) and GE Consumer & Industrial will develop an integrated and interoperable system that will enhance GE’s demand responsive appliances capability to communicate over metering and broadband networks.

The partnership includes co-development of advanced load control strategies and energy management algorithms, enabling demand response appliances to be grid aware and respond seamlessly to utility-initiated signals. These applications offer cost savings to consumers and help utilities better manage load and forecast demand. Additionally, as consumer preferences change and smart grid technology continues to evolve, Tendril and GE’s open industry standard protocols will enable future generations of GE’s demand response appliances.

“This is a great example delivering on the power of an open energy management platform, and the start of a series of powerful in-home appliance partners,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “Partners like GE require an easy way to integrate devices to the utility network securely and reliably, and TREE offers the ability to deliver on this expanding need today.”

According to recent studies, appliances, lighting and water heating account for roughly half of household electric use, making it critical that smart appliances be integrated across meter and broadband networks, and moving beyond reliance on HVAC systems as the primary method of load control in the home. With 37 percent of total U.S. electric energy consumption associated with residences, and as utilities implement time-of-use pricing structures, demand response appliances will enable consumers to save hundreds of millions of dollars annually and positively impact load reduction on the grid by better managing the electric power we generate.

Appliances with demand response capability include refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, microwaves, ranges and hybrid electric water heaters.

“A seamless connection between demand response appliances and the smart grid will deliver real value to consumers. Through our collaboration with Tendril, consumers will have unprecedented access to information that will enable them to become more educated about their energy use and how to reduce it, without interrupting their lifestyles,” said GE Consumer & Industrial Vice President of Technology Kevin Nolan.