General Electric (GE) and Glen Dimplex, a European home heating and appliance company, have signed a joint development agreement to help accelerate the availability of smart grid technologies for European homes. As part of the agreement, Glen Dimplex is exploring how to integrate GE's "smart grid"-enabled Brillion(TM) home energy management (HEM) technologies into its home heating products to help European consumers better manage their electricity usage and costs.
"This agreement is about two companies with complementary capabilities aggregating their strengths to work toward commercializing HEM solutions in the European market," said Kevin Nolan, vice president and chief technology officer, GE Appliances. "This collaborative effort leverages GE's smart grid technology expertise with Glen Dimplex's extensive European market penetration, which could help expedite product availability and support the European Union's aggressive climate and energy goals."
The agreement between GE and Glen Dimplex includes collaboration in three key areas:
End-to-End Home Energy Management Solutions: Glen Dimplex will explore how to integrate GE Brillion(TM) smart grid technologies into its heating, renewable and energy storage products. Brillion technologies would enable these products to receive and automatically respond to utility price signals -- sent through the home's smart meter - and operate when it's most cost-effective and efficient to do so. GE's Nucleus(TM) Home Energy Manager would serve as the communications gateway between the utility meter and the appliances, helping consumers control up to 75 percent of their home's consumption.
Interoperable Products for the European Smart Grid: GE's Nucleus with Brillion technology is built on a platform of open, interoperable standards, which enable seamless integration with Glen Dimplex's appliances and heating products.
Demonstrations: The two companies will work together to explore opportunities for utility pilots to help demonstrate the ability to achieve greater efficiencies through smart grid-enabled solutions in the home.
The EU has set a target date of 2020 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increase its efficiency by 20 percent, and generate 20 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources. Smart grid technologies - including smart meters on homes - will help utilities manage energy demand, improve efficiency, and integrate renewable power.