RTP-1On May 7th, 2013 DNA Group appeared at the tenth annual Sustainable Energy Conference to present the latest smart grid technology and its applications for thermostats. The Sustainable Energy Conference audience of over 1,000 people included executives from leading “cleantech” companies, or companies that improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution. Representatives from ABB, Cisco, Duke Energy, Field2Base, Power Analytics, PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens, among others, were in attendance.

Follow the link to learn more about this regaionl cluster group: http://www.raleigh-wake.org/smartgrid/industry-overview/regional-cleantech-overview

Smarter consumers demand smarter thermostats

In the past, thermostats were controlled by mechanical components and manual settings. Analog, and then digital, indicators were used to make manual temperature adjustments when the user was at home. More recently, programmable thermostats that allow the user to set different temperatures for various days and times have become increasingly common.

Now, with the explosion in popularity of smart phones, their corresponding apps and an increase in green technology, consumers expect more control of their temperature settings and energy costs. Just as they can set their home security system or DVR recordings away from home using a smart device, they also want to control their utility usage anytime, anywhere. At the same time, increased demands on the power grid have left utility companies seeking creative solutions for lowering energy usage during peak times.

“Smart grid” technology addresses these needs by applying two-way digital communications to the energy grid that delivers electricity from producers to consumers. Consumers who choose to participate allow the utility company to install a load controller to their home. During peak energy consumption times, if needed, the utility company can wirelessly access the user’s thermostat and raise the temperature of the user’s home by a few degrees. In addition, the user can set their own thermostat remotely at any time using a smart phone or other wireless device. Either way, new thermostats and smart grid technology allow for greener energy consumption while also saving money.

How DNA Group is advancing the thermostat

DNA Group is delivers robust, reliable and cost-effective devices for home automation and appliance OEMs. We have developed and produced millions of ALCI, GFCI and RCD products each year since 1990. These devices not only protect electrical equipment, but also protect human life from potentially deadly electrical fault currents. We have experience in the household voltage range of 120 – 250 V, 50/60 Hz, and developing designs meeting the requirements of global approval agencies. Our experience and scale of capabilities uniquely positions DNA Group to deliver a competitive advantage to brand label or software OEMs seeking to partner with an expert in hardware solutions for smart grid device technology. We deliver sensing and monitoring and control of electrical current and incorporate communications technologies in an agency-approved solution, ready to “plug-and-play” with our customers’ systems and software.

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We are interested in learning what opportunities are currently in development and how our experience can help you. Please let us know if you are currently have needs for customized solutions that require

• Robust and reliable technologies
• Self-contained packages or modular packages
• Sensing, measuring and transmitting by wired or wireless connection
• Integration either wired or wirelessly with software and or displays

Contact DNA at smartgrid@dnagroup.com to learn more about DNA’s capabilities specific to the smart grid.