IIOX worked with one of Sweden’s largest energy companies, E.ON, to assist them with their sustainability objectives. The collaboration started in 2010. E.ON produces and delivers energy to the Nordic market in the form of electricity, gas, heating, cooling, waste treatment and energy-related services to approximately one million customers.
In order to be more sustainable and to meet the EU goal of lowering the power consumption by 20 percent by 2020 the objective for the company was to help their customers work towards smarter energy use. If customers were provided with the ability to monitor their energy consumption in real-time would that make them use power better and more efficiently?
E.ON needed a flexible solution that could operate from a granular level right up to real-time aggregation and presentation. Energy consumption for each home needed to be monitored and recorded in real-time. This data then needed to be processed and communicated to participants through a range of media, while also being integrated with E.ON’s internal systems.
This consumer service is called 100koll and it is accessed through an app in which the consumer can see their electricity consumption in close to real-time and control and measure appliances through smart plugs.
Through the solution consumers can set schedules for any appliance, like a TV, computer or other devices in order to save energy. Consumers can also control them remotely, turning them on or off. 100koll, with the help of smart plugs, also makes it possible to see if something in the home consumes an unnecessary amount of energy. This could be an old fridge or even the brand new washing machine.
A sensor was installed on the smart meter in each household to accurately measure energy consumption. Smart plugs enabled the collection of consumption data from appliances. This data was then sent to the IIOX data management platform via a communications gateway.
IIOX were able to collate and aggregate energy consumption data for each household in real-time. This information was then made available to consumers and to E.ON as an aggregated real-time feed along with summary reports and charts.
The app was one of the key components of the trial as it allowed real-time visualization of consumption to end-users across various media, alongside real-time aggregated information for E.ON that could be integrated with the company’s internal systems.
The results of the implementation have been very good. The service is much appreciated by E.ON’s customers who have been saving an average of 12 percent of their costs while the reduction in energy demand has been 15 percent. 51 percent of the Swedes are willing to pay for this service. After the test the service was launched to 120 000 households in Sweden.
– “When EON conducted Sweden’s largest energy-saving experiments, Maingate (now IIOX) provided their service platform. When we started 100koll we made a comprehensive procurement and the choice fell on Maingate (IIOX) as the service provider”, Johan Mörnstam, Head of Business Innovation at E.ON Sweden, said at the start of 100koll in 2014.