Smart homes for smart households

smarthomes_300_mars2013takIn the residential area Western Harbour in Malmö seven smartly designed rental apartments have been built, owned and managed by the energy company E.ON. Part of the energy is produced on the spot by solar collectors, photovoltaics and a small wind turbine on the roof. Each apartment has at least one electric vehicle included in the contract, from cars to bikes. All houses are equipped with smart grids. Price adjusting solutions are tested, that steer for example the charging of the electric cars. The grid electricity has a fully variable price (connected to the Nord pool spot intraday market).  Flexibility has been found in tumble dryers, washing machines and of course charging the electric vehicles, the business case for scaling up will of course depend on the extra investment needed to connect each new apartment to a smart energy system.

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