Smart Cities

New Building to Grid Interface by EPFL Offers Unprecedented Optimization

A Swiss research team, from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), have created an innovative smart building to smart grid system that promises to better optimize our energy use. The system, which collects data on people’s energy use and sends it to the grid, was simultaneously developed by several specialist teams from the university’s electronics department. The concept behind this system is not particularly new but the Swiss team’s original approach could be a significant turning point in making it a reality. By enabling two way communication between buildings and the grid we can unleash the full power of the so called internet of energy (IoE), as discussed in our 2015 article: Smart Building + Smart Grid + Storage = The Internet of Energy. The IoE is defined as an integrated dynamic network infrastructure based on standard and interoperable communication protocols that interconnect the energy network with the Internet allowing units of energy (locally generated, […]

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