A Global Mix of Ideas will Create The House of the Future

Published on Thursday, 1 October 2015

The dream of the house of the future, with remotely managed interconnected electric appliances, which promote energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact, is becoming a reality in various parts of the world thanks to the Enel Group’s commitment.

In Brazil, Enel company Ampla has launched the NO.V.A. (NósVivemos o Amanhã) crowdsourcing project, aimed at building a sustainability-based house that uses cutting-edge technologies to tackle everyday problems. An interactive digital platform has allowed, in just over eight months, to collect and share more than 3,000 ideas through the Web and social channels. The house will be built by next year in the municipality of Niterói, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Another Enel Group company, Prátil, which provides smart technological solutions in the energy field, will take part in the second stage of the project.

Enel Distribuzione’s Operational Training Centre in L’Aquila, Italy, has witnessed the installation of the first smart kitchen. This innovative kitchen is equipped with the most advanced technologies, including interconnected electric home appliances and a system that allows customers to manage them remotely. The smart kitchen’s key element is Smart Info, a device that Enel has developed within the Energy@Home project. Plugged into an electrical outlet at home or the workplace, Smart Info records the data collected by the smart meter, giving customers a real-time reading of  the amount of energy used, the capacity, the tariff band, the consumption trend and future forecasts.

In Colombia Enel company Codensa has undertaken to sponsor the training by the Los Andes University of a collegiate team in view of their participation in the Solar Decathlon contest held by the United States Department of Energy, to design, build and operate solar-powered, energy efficient houses.  The Colombian students designed the +Huerto +Casa project for the construction of 120 houses each measuring 70 square meters, using fully sustainable materials, starting from the zero-emission energy of the solar panels. +Huerto +Casa was selected among the 16 finalist projects also proposed by students and professors from Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Spain, Panama, the United States, the UK and Germany. All the groups will build their prototypes in the city of Calí (Colombia). The prototype that best combines innovation, fighting climate change via resource conservation and quality of life for residents will be chosen in December.  The winning project will then be built in Villa Solar, a new neighbourhood of the city of Calí.