Smart Grid Technology Enhanced by the Internet of Things
In partnership with the Pecan Street Research Institute, Intel is working to test technology that can help consumers make better choices about energy use in their homes. Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a research and development organization focused on developing and testing advanced technology, business models, and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems.
“Pecan Street is bringing consumers into the energy world in a way that empowers them to make better decisions and use energy more wisely,” says Alan Rose, Director of Marketing for North America Energy & Utilities Industry. This project serves as a real world testing ground for Internet of Things (IoT) development and innovation, and it’s powered by Intel.
Intel® sensor technology and smart meters measure water, gas, and energy usage along with energy generated by the solar power system. Data streams to the data center where Intel®-based servers analyze huge amounts of data, charting usage patterns, visualizing data, and helping researchers discover how they might better implement advanced energy management systems. Overlaying this entire flow of data, through the cloud and back, are Intel’s security technologies.
As more projects like those at Pecan Street evolve, Intel’s capacity to build upon a foundation of common architecture and provide the end-to-end solutions necessary to visualize, share, analyze, and apply the data will create a new world of opportunities. Intel is a trusted partner with the building blocks needed to change the future of energy and green technology.
The Pecan Street Inc. project will eventually reveal which appliances and devices are most efficient and where home-based energy production is best utilized.
The Intel® technology-enabled Pecan Street Inc. project connects hundreds of homes, schools, and businesses in Austin and Dallas to a big data solutions center.