CSIRO developing electrical 'fingerprint' system to reduce household energy use


By Alice Richard
Monday, 06 March, 2017


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The CSIRO is set to partner with a start-up company to develop a system that recognises the electrical ‘fingerprint’ of individual appliances to increase energy efficiency in buildings.

As energy costs continue to rise and consumers become more energy efficiency conscious, systems such as this could impact the way people use energy-hungry appliances like pool pumps and heating and cooling systems.

Along with Ecocentric Energy, the CSIRO will further develop the Numen energy system, which brings together a building’s total energy signal, identifies the appliances present and then separates out appliance-specific consumption data on how much energy the appliance is using. While existing smart meters can monitor overall energy use, this system will give clearer insights into precisely where energy savings can be made.

The partnership will build on CSIRO’s ‘cognitive metering’ technology that identifies individual appliances using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data.

Under the agreement, Ecocentric will obtain a licence from CSIRO to use its cognitive metering technology and work with CSIRO for six years to further refine the system.

“Numen will be a part of Australia’s contribution to a more energy-efficient future,” said Ecocentric CEO Tom Bray. “There is no waste in nature; that’s a human phenomenon.”

More information about the system is available from the company’s website: www.ecocentric.energy.

Main image: CSIRO’s Sam West (left) and Ecocentric’s Paul Lyons (right) examine the Numen energy efficiency device. Image courtesy of CSIRO.

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