IBM’s Smart Grid Test Run Results

Posted on September 23, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , |

Greenbiz reports that the results are in for IBM’s smart grid test run in Armonk, NY. An average 15% decrease in power usage was recorded for the 100 businesses and homes that were part of the 6 month study, with some users recording up to a 40% drop. IBM partnered with Consert to install control devices on appliances and other big-ticket energy use items. The local public works commission tracked energy consumption through these controllers and was able to control electricity use during peak periods. According to Greenbiz: 

“Personalized, web-based displays for each business or residence that allowed facility managers or homeowners to log in and see how much energy their appliances and gadgets are using in real-time...[This] highlight[ed] the energy used by “ghost” devices: air conditioners, water heaters, and other devices that are using electricity even when no one is around. With the instant information provided by the smart meters, individuals and businesses are able to see when unecessary energy is being used, and turn those devices down or off.” 

IBM has announced several new projects to take smart grids to the next level as part of its Smarter Cities initiative. A key part of this project will be to partner with a city of 60,000 residents in Iowa to scale back its environmental impact. Sensors installed throughout homes and businesses will help city officials and residents be aware of power and water consumption. 

By providing user friendly information to consumers, projects like Smarter Cities can increase awareness about energy and water use that leads to more conscious (or smarter) consumption. As IBM’s Vice President Chris O’Connor put it,

“The only way we’re going make energy grids greener is to add instrumentation and intelligence. Projects like these illustrate that with the right technology and partnerships, it can be done” 

Consert’s Promo Video about Energy Management:

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