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​Centrica expands in smart home technology and smart hot water tanks

Energy giant invests in solar, battery and heat pump technology and smart tanks firm Mixergy

Centrica has announced investment in a range of smart home technologies.

The company has also made a key investment in ‘smart hot water tank’ technology, backing the Oxford University commercial spinoff Mixergy.

The technology, reported in last month’s H&V News, combines sensors and IoT technology to keep track of hot water levels, learning the usage habits of the household so it only heats just enough to meet their needs.  

Sam Salisbury, director of Centrica Innovations Labs, said: “These investments are an important step forward to a time when IoT-enabled technology in the home will operate as a single unit to ensure that energy is used in the most effective way. Our mission is to make people’s lives easier, by providing seamless, time-saving services that are easy to use, have a positive environmental impact, and help save them money.

Just as we have done for our business customers, home energy management takes this a step further by giving these customers access to new products that will enable them to generate and store their own energy as part of the ultimate ‘Intelligent Home’.”

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