IoT transforms cities to renewables

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The Internet of Things has the potential to make renewable energy more effective and a much better investment, therefore more people might buy solar panels, storage batteries and other green devices.

IoT – the Internet of Things is seen as crucial to the growth of renewable energy.

The IoT will produce vast amounts of data and this new information will tell us more about human behavior and provide us with systems and models to better predict and control energy usage.

Better data has the potential to produce renewable energy more effectively, making grids more flexible. And that’s what we need, changing to a world supplied by renewables.

Here are five big developments to watch out for:

1. Internet of Energy

Today most of us are still passive consumers, buying energy from companies created in big centralised power stations.

Companies with business models that are going to democratize energy use and allow people to decide on the energy system they want, do have a successful business model.


  • An online system whereby individuals and small businesses can sell off their surplus energy from batteries attached to solar panels, electric vehicles and hot water tanks.
    the impact will be lower costs, reduced environmental impact and greater reliability of supply.
  • Currently in the Netherlands, 40 households are engaged in an experiment where they produce their own energy micro co-generation units, hybrid heat pumps, PV-solar panels, smart appliances, home energy storage and use it to charge electric vehicles.
    These households are also trading their energy via an automated ‘Powermatcher’ system.

2. Super grids

Super grids, connecting European countries via high-voltage DC lines (HVDC) in a mesh-like system are beginning to take shape. The use of big data is critical to making such a system effective.

The way new technologies are able to forecast weather patterns will help us mitigate the variability of supply. It will help to forecast offshore wind supply and the output of solar farms across Europe. For a super grid, having the ability to predict how renewables will perform is critical.

3. Solar-powered wearables

Researchers at MIT say they have created a new ultra-low power circuit which converts roughly 80% of captured energy directly into electricity.

Furthermore, the new MIT circuit can both power devices and charge a battery, something that other circuits cannot do.

A new chip has the potential to bridge the gap between IoT and solar power. This chip can allow users to operate ultra-low-power IoT devices via energy harvesting without a need for replacing or recharging the battery.

4. Fewer spikes and smarter charging

One of the big issues with power grids is that there are huge spikes in demand at key times.

In the morning between 7 and 9 AM and in the evening from 5 to 8 PM, the demand for electricity is huge. At home, we cook, watch TV’, and start our washing machines. But as more power devices are added to grids, it is key that these spikes aren’t accentuated and big data is seen as a way to balance out this demand.

There are trials to allow e-car drivers to charge their cars at lowest carbon impact time. By monitoring the carbon intensity of the national grid, people get advice for lower electricity prices what will lead to a more flexible energy demand.

5. An energy revolution

The Internet of Things has the potential to make renewable energy more effective and a much better investment, therefore more people might buy solar panels, storage batteries and other green devices.

The IoT will allow us to completely rethink how we use renewable energy. Without digital technology, renewables rely upon a large amount of infrastructure to make them work either by larger grids or energy storage. The IoT can change the way people interact with energy systems.

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