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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BMW Partners with Tendril to Demonstrate the Power of Electric Vehicle and Smart Energy Home Integration
Tendril, the provider of the cloud platform for the Energy Internet, and the BMW Group Technology Office USA, recently announced they are partnering to build out a demonstration smart energy home in Mountain View, Calif. to prepare for the roll-out and integration of the new BMW ActiveE electric vehicle. The ActiveE emphasizes sustainable mobility without compromising driving pleasure. The partnership extends Tendril’s leadership position in the growing smart energy home marketplace and further validates the company’s platform-based approach to enabling the Energy Internet by connecting makers of smart “things”, like EVs, with utilities and consumers.
Ensuring that the ActiveE is ready to go at all times, while making use of cheaper off-peak charging when possible, is crucial to making the EV transition a smooth one in the utility and automotive market. The BMW Group Technology Office USA will use its smart energy home demonstration facility, powered by Tendril, to help refine the charging and monitoring of the ActiveE. Tendril’s cloud-based energy management platform, Tendril Connect™, will provide the connectivity to integrate the EV charging station into the home, to local utilities and energy service providers, as well as to BMW. Tendril Energize™, a suite of applications including a home energy management web portal, will provide control and monitoring of the charging station, to make it simple for everyday users to manage charging stations.
For utilities and energy service providers, Tendril Connect delivers insight into the location of EVs on the grid distribution network so that they can proactively manage hot spots of growth in energy consumption. Utilities also benefit from the ability to communicate with EV owners regarding planned Demand Response and Direct Load Control events. The platform also establishes EVs as another manageable load in addition to other components of the home, like water heaters and smart appliances.
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