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Engie and Orange connect radiators to save energy


Saving energy by all means: this is now the government’s objective to get through the winter and avoid power cuts. To achieve this, new solutions, stemming from the Internet of Things, are emerging. On this front, Engie notably acquired the Swiss startup Tiko in 2019. This develops “intelligent energy management systems” for the residential market.

Tiko is working with Orange and other partners in electronics and digital (Sierra Wireless, Lacroix and STMicroelectronics) to deploy a fleet of 800,000 connected boxes over the next five years. As the incumbent operator specifies on Thursday in a press release, these are intended to be grafted onto electric heaters to control them remotely. The initiative aims, in fineat “Optimize the heating of housing”.

“35% heating savings”

Tiko’s solution must allow, on paper, “to achieve up to 35% heating savings for the 9.2 million homes heated by electric radiators”. It is, underlines Orange,« a substantial saving for these households whose heating consumption can reach 2,000 euros per year”. Using temperature and humidity sensors, Tiko determines the ” life habits “ inhabitants to program their heating as well as possible. Its application defined « the ideal temperature room by room, day by day and to the nearest quarter of an hour, thus avoiding wasting energy »continues the operator.

From a technical point of view, the radiators are connected to the Internet via LTE-M technology, which works with 4G. Knowing that Orange estimates to cover 98% of the French population with this network. In the eyes of Frédéric Gastaldo, the president of Tiko, his solution constitutes a lever for “reduce the commitment of gas or coal power plants this winter”. « A fireplace equipped with Tiko will thus prevent the emission of 2 to 3 additional tons of CO2 per year during this critical period.he adds.

When Orange praises the benefits of “innovation”

Director of Innovation at Orange, Michaël Trabbia is convinced that the Internet of Things has an important role to play in terms of energy sobriety. « With connected objects, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by 20% to 30%”, he explained at The Tribune last February, when telecom operators are often accused of encouraging digital practices that are harmful to the planet. “Refusing innovation means being certain of not succeedinghe added. However, we cannot consider that technology is beneficial in nature. She is what we make of her. » By working with Tiko, there is no doubt that Orange seeks, in particular, to carve out a good student’s costume.