The electrical appliances in your business are all powered from the electricity grid. In future, electrical appliances and equipment will incorporate technology to work with the grid to lower consumption and minimise the number of outages.
Some features of Smart Appliances are as follows::
- Respond automatically to adjust demand of electricity use depending on price or carbon content information about the electricity. This information is likely to be available from the utility companies or third party service providers. This is often known as Demand Response.
- Detect and respond with a drop in demand when the grid is under stress. For example, inside a Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system a special monitoring circuit that can detect when the grid is under stress from temporary overload. In response the system will briefly reduce its energy draw for a short time, and allow the grid to recover. The impact for the consumer is barely perceptible.
- Networkable appliances. Appliances will have the ability to communicate electronically with energy control systems. This communication is either wireless, for example with Zigbee, or by signals that travel on the power connection and this is called power line carrier communication. This will enable the consumer use a local area network or energy management controller to manage appliances use to deliver consumer convenience and energy savings.
Additional information is available here:
Eirgrid Demand Side Management web page
SEAI explanation of heat pumps
SEAI study on Demand Side Measures, Nov 2005