South Korea’s LG to join Pecan Street smart-grid research

South Korean technology vendor LG Electronics is to participate in a smart-grid demonstration as part of the Pecan Street project taking place in Austin, Texas.

The company announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pecan Street to contribute expertise in the areas of smart homes, energy management and consumer electronics until 2015, as part of Pecan Street’s Industry Advisory Council.

Its main focus is to be on the development of effective home energy management systems.

South Korean technology vendor LG Electronics is to participate in a smart-grid demonstration as part of the Pecan Street project taking place in Austin, Texas.

The company announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pecan Street to contribute expertise in the areas of smart homes, energy management and consumer electronics until 2015, as part of Pecan Street’s Industry Advisory Council.

Its main focus is to be on the development of effective home energy management systems.

“In addition to our leadership in energy-efficient smart appliances, our involvement with Pecan Street demonstrates LG’s ongoing commitment to smart grid technology,” said Skott Ahn, the chief technology officer of LG Electronics (Seoul, South Korea). “We are excited by the opportunity to further promote the burgeoning smart grid industry, both domestically and globally.”

Pecan Street is carrying out one of the world’s most prominent trials of M2M technologies, with more than 450 homeowners testing energy and consumer electronics products and services while their energy usage is assessed.

Since the project started, more than 60 residents have acquired electric vehicles and more than 200 homes have installed rooftop solar systems.

LG says it will install advanced air conditioners, smart refrigerators, smart washing machines, LED lighting and home energy management systems (HEMS) in participating homes.

Its products are also to be displayed locally at the Pike Powers Lab, a non-profit smart-grid research lab for carrying out research, commercialization and educational activities.

LG will join a number of other high-profile companies working with Pecan Street, including Dell (Round Rock, USA), Intel (Santa Clara, USA), Sony (Tokyo, Japan), Oncor (Dallas, USA), OnStar (Detroit, USA and SunEdison (Beltsville, USA).

LG is involved in similar activities in other parts of the world. In South Korea, it has been working on the Jeju Smart Grid Project since 2010, while in Germany it joined the government’s Smart Watts project in the city of Aachen in 2011.

It claims to be the first Korean company to export smart-grid expertise to Europe.