Volunteer islanders take the lead Houat and Hoëdic are two small islands in the Ponant archipelago off the Quiberon coast in southern Brittany. This region, located at the end of the electricity grid, is seeing an increasing share of renewables in its power mix. Given the situation, islanders are particularly sensitive to energy management and many agreed to take part in 2012 and 2013 in the European ADDRESS R&D project for smart management of electricity consumption.
Another box in the home This experiment, run concurrently in Italy and Spain, was designed to test the possibilities for “shifting” electricity consumption in order to smooth peaks and make better use of renewables when available. The ADDRESS EBox, installed in volunteers’ homes, is the heart of the system. Connected to the control centre, it manages the household’s appliances via smart power sockets and a connected washing machine.