Alt HAN devices are a simple, innovative solution to a problem that could exclude over 700,000 customers from the benefits of smart metering. But the devices need space adjacent to the meter – and in some buildings this is not available. This is a more common problem for apartment blocks, where meters are often installed alongside each other in a meter room or cupboard.
Alt HAN is leading the development works across energy suppliers, electricity distribution companies, building operators and other stakeholders to explore ways of making these buildings “smart ready”. In particular how Alt HAN Co might co-ordinate across multiple interested parties such that the costs of creating the necessary space are minimised, and shared appropriately.
We are still exploring and testing how it might work in practice, and whether it can be justified on value-for-money grounds. The next stage in the process is to run an operational pilot involving around 50 buildings and a small number of energy suppliers and service partners.