Looking into the future: smart fridge and heat pump trials

| Three hundred smart fridges will be delivered across the UK in the coming months in order to carry out what will be Europe’s first residential trial of smart grid technology. A similar trial, this time with heat pumps “talking” to the grid is set to take place in 2011 in Denmark. Allowing for electricity demand-side management, the technology has the potential to realise sizeable CO2 emissions reductions.

Smart energy houses of the future will encompass intelligent appliances such as smart fridges or heat pumps that can respond to signals from the electricity grid system. Electric utilities, manufacturers of appliances and companies developing smart grid technologies are now trialing the technology within the residential environment using fridges and heat pumps, appliances that may also incorporate hydrocarbon refrigerants.

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Source: hydrocarbons21.com