Eaton launches smart breaker pilot program that will support renewable grid integration

As the energy transition accelerates, the residential sector is investing in smart energy management technology to help homeowners manage their power consumption, lower their energy costs and reduce their environmental impact. Energy management company Eaton is investigating how these innovative technologies can help homeowners by testing the installation of smart circuit breakers in the homes of 100 volunteers. The pilot program marks an important step as Eaton continues its vision for the Home as a Grid, an approach to energy management that will ultimately enable homeowners to use renewable energy sources and storage and potentially feed power back to the grid.

“When we collect energy data and find patterns in how homeowners use energy, we can identify opportunities to reduce energy use, balance electric car charging and other loads in the home, and support the integration of solar and storage when a homeowner is ready to upgrade,” said Jennifer Ploskina, Eaton’s connected solutions segment manager for North America. “The data collected during this pilot and others will help us further develop data models and algorithms to include in future solutions. The goal is to work with EV, solar and storage OEMs, utilities and ecosystem partners to build system solutions that benefit homeowners, support grid stabilization and lead to further decarbonization in homes and buildings.”

Eaton installed smart circuit breakers, part of the company’s smart energy portfolio powered by Brightlayer, in the homes of volunteers to collect power consumption data from their electrical appliances, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, refrigerators and EV chargers for At home. Pilot participants can view a personalized overview of their power consumption, insight into which devices are consuming the most power, times of peak power consumption, and estimates of the remaining useful life (RUL) of devices on a dashboard. A homeowner in the pilot found that his electric vehicle consumed up to 40% of his total energy consumption in a week.

Eaton’s Brightlayer digital platform includes data science and machine learning algorithms that allow Eaton experts to use trial data to improve home energy management models, enhancing predictive diagnostic capabilities for homeowners.

“The data collected during this pilot gives us valuable insights into the evolving energy needs of residential customers, accelerating digital innovation,” said Matt Yanosko, Eaton program manager for Intelligent Power Solutions.

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