12 Oct '17, 2pm

Smart meter identifies household appliance by harmonics

“We have tested it on a range of devices and been able to identify several as being unique,” project manager Tom Copeland told Electronics Weekly. “There are no known black spots, but there are some shortcomings: for example, a Sky Box will have a fan and a processor which we can see, however, a games console will also have a similar architecture. So, we can see the difference between a microwave and a TV, but not between all appliances.” The aim of the project is to increase consumer engagement in energy saving by ‘demand disaggregation’ – telling them which of their appliances is taking most energy. According to 42 Technology, consumers quickly loose interest in simple energy displays which show total energy used over a period. The hope with demand disaggregation – seeing a pie-chart of perhaps the dozen most power hungry appliances – is that they will get a clear idea h...

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