The geyser that gives you advice based on your water consumption patterns

BridgIOT

Runner-up: Green Technology Innovations


Heating water uses up to 32% of home energy, and roughly 27% of household water passes through these water heaters. Under the direction of Dr Thinus Booysen, a senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University, the Smart Geyser project aims to reduce geyser energy and water use by at least 30%.

“We have developed a smart geyser controller that gives remote access to your geyser through a mobile device or PC,” explains Thinus. “Also, it analyses your consumption patterns, recommends and applies optimised control schedules, gives water and energy costs in rands for each bath or shower taken, and controls the water temperature. It also mitigates a burst through shutting off the water supply when a burst is detected.”

The project was developed in the MTN-funded Mobile Intelligence Lab at Stellenbosch University’s electronic engineering department, and further developed with Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) seed funds.


Additional funding has come from the Water Research Council for a pilot rollout of 300 units in Mpumalanga. The company BridgIOT (Bridge to the Internet of Things) was spun off with Innovus, the university’s industry interaction and innovation company, to take the Smart Geyser project further.

“Ultimately, we are working to change a dumb geyser into a smart home device that informs and empowers the consumer,” adds Booysen. “This shall have long term effects on South Africa’s energy and water consumption.”   

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Advertising
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday