SEED, as part of a SEAI Better Energy Communities project in 2012, formed Ireland’s first large-scale community energy monitoring project using smart technology.

The extension from ageing into energy is a natural progression as there are many challenges which run across both spectrums. Several buildings and areas in Dundalk are already utilising new energy systems and sending data to a cloud-based system.

The Living Lab, with the co-operation of Louth County Council and other stakeholders, will add more community partners to the scheme and enable a constant picture to be established of energy usage and savings. The model that we are establishing will use smart technology to produce both savings, green energy and employment in this most important of areas.