E.ON has awarded a total of 1 million euros to 3 international research teams from the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany to develop smart home technologies, in the 4th round of research awards.
IMDEA Energia from Spain and City University London from the UK are the first project team, which is occupied with visualisation aspects of smart home technologies.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK are the second team, who are evaluating how customers cope with using the new technology.
The third project is a comparative study by the University of Westminster, London, and Cardiff University (all U.K.), the Italian National Agency for New Technologies and the German Ecologic Institute, to investigate to what extent the requirements of customers in their three countries differ from each other in terms of new technology.
“We regard the research initiative not only as a means of promoting science and research, we also expect it to provide important external stimuli for the development of new business areas,” commented Urban Keussen, who is responsible for Technology & Innovation at E.ON.
The reason the smart home topic was selected is to show how the technology helps customers to make their homes more energy efficient getting the most value and benefit from the minimum amount of energy.
The three projects are expected to show a greater understanding of how different countries will use the smart home technologies, how they are packaged, how the services are offered and how the customers respond to them.
E.ON has provided 19 million euros in funding over the last 6 years, for research.