E.ON has joined forces with a UK property developer to trial the integration of the latest smart technologies in homes.
The ‘Future Energy Home’ project, in collaboration with Berkeley Homes, is a research initiative to better understand how to help homeowners live a “lower cost, less carbon-reliant” lifestyle.
The pilot at the Kidbrooke Village development in London has seen the supplier install a number of technologies, including solar glazing integrated into a glass canopy above the roof terrace – which can supply up to 60% of the power needs – a battery storage system, smart thermostats and an electric vehicle (EV) charging point.
A single, tablet-based dashboard allows homeowners to control the connected energy devices, with the aim of understanding how they engage with the technologies.
The project is expected to support Berkeley’s goal of ensuring all its homes are net zero carbon by 2030.
Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive said: “Across the UK, we’ve made great strides in developing new and lower carbon energy sources, the next challenge is in housing and transport, improving the homes we live in now and in the future and decarbonising transport by promoting the convenience and capability of electric vehicles.
“The new energy world is decentralised, green and interconnected but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives. Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.”