Eaton pilots smart circuit breakers as part of Home as a Grid vision


As the energy transition accelerates, the residential sector is investing in smart energy management technology to help homeowners manage their energy use, lower their energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. Energy management company Eaton is exploring how these innovative technologies can benefit homeowners by piloting the installation of smart circuit breakers in the homes of 100 volunteers. The pilot program marks an important milestone as Eaton pursues its vision of Home as a Grid, an approach to energy management that will ultimately allow homeowners to take advantage of renewables and storage and potentially provide electricity. electricity to the grid.

“When we collect energy data and find patterns in how homeowners use energy, we can identify opportunities to reduce energy use, balance the load of electric vehicles and other loads in the home,” and support the integration of solar power and storage when a homeowner is ready to upgrade. Said Jennifer Ploskina, Eaton’s Connected Solutions Segment Manager for North America. “The data collected from this pilot and others helps us to further develop the data models and algorithms for integration into future solutions. The goal is to work with electric, solar and storage vehicle OEMs, utilities and ecosystem partners to create system solutions that benefit owners, support grid stabilization and lead to increased decarbonization. in homes and buildings. “

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; power quality, backup power and energy storage; control and automation; safety and security of persons; structural solutions; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to meet customers’ most critical power management challenges.

Eaton installed smart circuit breakers, part of the company‘s smart energy portfolio powered by Brightlayer, in the homes of volunteers to collect data on the electricity usage of their electrical devices, including heating units. , ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigerators and household electric vehicle chargers. Pilot participants can view a personalized summary of their energy consumption on a dashboard, getting an overview of which devices are consuming the most energy, peak consumption times and lifetime estimates. useful remaining (RUL) devices. An owner of the pilot found that his electric vehicle consumed up to 40% of its total energy consumption in a week.

Eaton’s digital Brightlayer platform includes data science and machine learning algorithms that enable Eaton’s experts to leverage pilot data to improve residential power management models, thereby improving capabilities predictive diagnostic tool for homeowners.

“The data collected from this pilot gives us valuable insight into the changing energy needs of residential customers, accelerating digital innovation,” said Matt Yanosko, Eaton Program Manager for Intelligent Power Solutions.

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Tags: Eaton, network services, load management, smart homes

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