Is the internet of things delivering (starting to) deliver real benefits to ‘us’ and our communities. I think so…!

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This is the data National Trust Hafod y Porth hydro produces every half and hour through its smart meter which provided the detailed data to enable the Bethesda Energy Local trial to model and develop the ‘offer’ to the generator and the user. Data is king on this project.

The internet of things is something i have heard about but not really taken and interest in… until now. Wikipedia quotes

The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.[1] The IoT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure,[2] creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. 

Today we were filming for the Governments Smart Meter role out at the NT Berthen Hydro

Today we were filming for the Governments Smart Meter role out at the NT Berthen Hydro

…and in a village nestling in the shade of the Carneddau mountains in Bethesda little digital acorns are budding. A large group of us have been working as you may have read on supplying a local community with locally generated electricity by using existing infrastructure. Simple you may think? As you can guess the cards are stacked against such an endeavour. But the thing which joins the dots and makes things possible is data. Its collection, its sorting and its reporting. Thanks to Energy Local and many other players, we will soon have a network of smart meters, a data gathering organisation, a cloud host, GSM or board bank links, local interfaces with the generator and user smart meters to know whats going on and deliver direct financial savings to participants and increase income for the generator. But we will also have the framework for an internet of things to hang itself on. This new data and its use can provide community benefit from better time of use tariffs, automatic switching of appliances and switching heating systems on and off based on economic and local preferences, it could release capacity in constrained local grids and the list goes on and on. But this is one of the first steps hopefully by the end of the summer we will be ready for a sprint based on the data coming through

Here is what the TOUT looks like for the trial without the local generaton from the hydro. The mart meters are driving real time savings for the useres of the system. we now need to support the community to make the best use of this information to make informed desicions

Here is what the TOUT (time of use tariff) looks like for the trial in Bethesda without the local generation from the hydro. (when its running this will level out the peaks) The smart meters are driving real-time savings for the users of the system. We now need to support the community to make the best use of this information to make informed decisions and pass the lessons on to the next projects

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