GE Develops Nucleus Home Energy Management System
New GE Home Energy Management Business will focus on smart grid technologies including energy management systems and smart appliances
GE announced yesterday that it is combining its smart grid technologies, including its smart appliances and its new Nucleus energy management system, into a Home Energy Management business. The new business, which will be run under the direction of General Manager Dave McCalpin, seeks to use digital technologies to create more energy efficient homes. By creating this business, GE aims to capitalize on consumer interest in efficient energy usage and smart grid technologies to sell its appliances and its home energy management system.
GE hopes to improve home energy management by giving consumers more control over their energy usage. To this end, the company has devised the Nucleus home energy management system. Although it is only the size of a phone charger, the Nucleus system acts as a hub linking a house's thermostat, smart meter, and networked appliances. The hub manages information from these devices and makes this information accessible via a computer or smartphone. Consumers can track their energy consumption through the Nucleus system and make adjustments such as changing the thermostat or turning the heater on or off.
In conjunction with the Nucleus system, GE is also developing a line of appliances that can be connected to the system and controlled by the device. The real energy savings, however, will come as these appliances communicate through the network with utilities and reduce their energy demands during peak hours. By using smart appliances, the Nucleus home energy management system, and installing solar panels, GE has asserted that homeowners could transform their homes into net-zero energy consumers.