ESB gets €3.3m for smart grid research
ESB has beaten European competitors to a €3.3m award towards groundbreaking research in to how the internet can improve energy systems.
The funding will support further study of smart grids – electricity networks based on digital technology that allow two-way communication. This makes analysis of usage possible, which helps to reduce consumption. Meters that facilitate the grids will be introduced to Irish homes in 2017.
Countries are encouraging the use of smart grids to help reduce the vulnerability in electricity supplies and tackle global warming through improved energy efficiency.
"The entire area of smart grids is designed to allow the user to control consumption, get down our imports bill and in the process create jobs," Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said yesterday. "Ireland is at the leading edge in this area of the energy systems catching up with developments in the telecommunications area for smarter use of energy."