Intel may have snared a multimillion dollar deal to install Smart metres into Australian homes after the federal government confirmed a funding deal with Energy Australia for the roll out of a smart grid project which in part uses Intel powered metres.
Currently Intel is trialling intelligent metres that are powered by an Atom process in a project across 50,000 NSW homes equipped with smart meters in Newcastle, Scone and Sydney’s CBD. To date Energy Australia has spent over $190 million dollars on the project that gives consumers the power to turn appliances on and off using their smartphones or via an Intel control device. They will also be able to control entertainment devices as well as appliances using the Intel technology.
Late last week the federal government confirmed that they will commit up to $100 million to fund the trial.
The new funding will help Energy Australia fast-track numerous pilots already underway. The installation of 12,000 smart sensors across Energy Australia’s network will help detect and mitigate power interruptions.
The federal government money will also fund a trial of 20 electric cars which can be recharged at power points at parking stations, service stations and at parking metres.
EnergyAustralia managing director George Maltabarow said this was a pivotal time for electricity networks in Australia.
“Electricity networks are on the cusp of their biggest transformation in 100 years through the creation of smart grids which will make them smarter, greener and more efficient,” Mr Maltabarow said in a statement.
“EnergyAustralia has already begun transforming its network so we have a solid platform to get the country’s first commercial-scale smart grid up and running.
This demonstration will become a national and international showcase of what is possible in the future for both electricity networks and households. We will focus on building the foundations of the smart grid and then look at asking households to volunteer for key parts of the trial.”