In 100 homes located in the Belgian towns of Hombeek, Leest and Bret-Gelieren, Linear is connecting directly to the smart meter of the distribution system operators in order to gain detailed insight into the functioning of the electricity grid to which the home is connected. A smart meter can actually provide a great deal more information on a range of parameters:
- whether there is net generation or net consumption of energy;
- how the power is distributed over the different connecting leads (phases);
- what the line voltage is;
- reactive power;
In the other homes, Linear incorporated the ability to take its own energy measurements right into the distribution panel, which was much more expensive to do and does not provide the same level of detail (only the number of kWh per quarter hour).