Masdar City is to undertake a pilot programme to investigate the reduction of peak power demand through the use of smart, demand response-enabled home appliances.

Involving some of the first residents of Masdar City – whose goal it is to become the world’s first carbon neutral, zero waste city being built in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi – the programme will test how GE’s smart appliances and Home Energy Manager (HEM) can lower power demand in the home and across the city.

GE has specifically designed and manufactured the appliances, including refrigerators, cooktops and combination clothes washers/dryers, and networks for the pilot, which will be installed in early 2010 in residences in the first building to be completed at Masdar City, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

The information developed from the programme will not only provide important early feedback in testing consumers’ energy consumption behaviour in the face of demand response technology, but also it will assist Masdar City in planning and designing its smart power grid in order to achieve its carbon neutral, zero waste, fully renewable energy powered objectives.

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