Eon is working with UK property developer Berkeley Homes to pilot the Future Energy Home – a trial of the integration of the latest smart home technologies at Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village development in London. The project has been established to better understand how to help homeowners live a lower cost, less carbon-reliant lifestyle.
“The project is the first of its kind to demonstrate innovative energy devices – integrated solar, batteries, EV charging, smart thermostats, building management systems – working seamlessly through a single, tablet-based dashboard,” says Eon UK’s director of political and regulatory affairs, Sara Vaughan.
Through use of the home energy dashboard, homeowners can access a detailed view of their energy flow across the whole building.
The scheme aims to give consumers practical control over their energy use and the ability to power their own homes. Residents can generate and store electricity in a battery, helping to cut bills, to make use of in-built renewable sources such as self-generated green energy to charge electric vehicles, and to relieve pressure on the power grid at times of high demand.
The property’s battery storage system is supplied by both mains electricity and solar glazing which can power the home when necessary or be diverted to supply the electric vehicle charge point at the front of the house.
The solar glazing, including canopy, glass balustrade and bicycle cover, can supply up to 60 per cent of the electricity needs of the Urban House, generating over 2,100kWh each year.
Commenting on the launch of the Future Energy Home pilot last year, Michael Lewis, Eon UK chief executive, said: “The new energy world is decentralised, green and interconnected but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives.
“Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.”