Honeywell builds on smart grid success in England

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Honeywell has announced a full-scale smart grid project that will help Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) connect up to 30 commercial and industrial buildings in the Thames Valley area west of London, and temporarily reduce electricity consumption when overall use spikes.

This will help alleviate the potential for future transmission and distribution bottlenecks as the peak demand for energy grows. It will also enable building operators to decrease their energy use, utility bills and carbon dioxide emissions.

The project builds on a successful automated demand response (AutoDR) demonstration in Bracknell, England, where Honeywell proved that a commercial building could quickly shed up to 45 percent of its electrical load during peak hours. The result of the pilot prompted SSE to expand the use of the technology.

Honeywell expects the full-scale project will give the utility the ability to shave approximately 10 MW of energy use when necessary.  

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