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BSRIA: monitoring potential key for smart energy HVAC innovation
Jul 03, 2017

Industry body says that maintenance benefits could be deciding factor for stepping up adoption of web-connected technologies

Energy regulator Ofgem has outlined new approaches for smart energy initiatives that could drive innovation among heating and ventilation suppliers for cheaper, more efficient system maintenance, argues industry body BSRIA.

Ofgem and the UK government have this week published findings detailing aims to introduce smart energy systems and technology to try and allow individuals and businesses to better manage and potentially profit from overhauling management of their power needs.

The report considers how best to break down current barriers in adapting new business models for controlling systems, such as heating technology in the UK energy market, as well as the potential implications for cyber security and demand management.

This includes a focus on the expanded adoption of batteries that could be charged during periods of lower demand, or making use of rooftop solar panels to alternatively cater for power needs.

Among other considerations of the findings for heating and cooling is the concept of ‘demand shifting’, whereby conserved energy can be stored for use at times of peak demand and cost.

Henry Lawson, BSRIA’s Senior Market Research Consultant for Worldwide Market Intelligence, noted that a key driver for stepping up adoption and investment in smart energy initiatives for heating and cooling is the trend for networked HVAC systems that provide detailed information on system performance.