IoT: Smart Energy to revolutionize homes and tourism!
The aim of Smart Energy is twofold: to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to offer competitive costs. According to forecasts, if renewable energies account for 70% of global electricity production by 2050, GHG emissions could be reduced by 90% compared with 2010.
Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now possible to provide electricity access solutions in remote areas. A study by ADEME reveals that in 2018, around 28,000 stand-alone solar photovoltaic installations were counted in France.
Thanks to Smart Energy and the growing use of solar power, we have the opportunity to significantly reduce GHG emissions, promote competitive costs, supply electricity to isolated regions and actively contribute to preserving our planet by combating climate change.
Parcel Tiny House’s mission is to encourage sustainable tourism, reconnect with nature, offer a unique experience and support local producers. Before working with Synox, the young innovative company faced three types of problems:
– Operational (water and electricity cuts)
– Lack of information (from equipment such as batteries, etc.)
– Farmers’ anxiety (linked to lack of visibility and unnecessary travel in isolated areas)
It was therefore important to find a connected solution to monitor all these elements, while enabling them to add value to Parcel’s data and environmental mission, through a measured impact.
In particular, so that Parcel can continue its growth by installing new tiny houses all over France.
For this project, Synox teamed up with its partner Watteco, which manufactures its sensors in France and Europe, and shares the same approach and values as the customer and Synox.
Thanks to SoDATA#Viz’s sub-account functionality, every farmer can access his tiny house data simply and in real time, from his web space or mobile application.
Self-contained, eco-designed homes
The Tiny House draws its water supply from the rain and its electricity from the sun. Thanks to the installation of solar panels on its roof, this micro-house offers a lifestyle similar to that of a traditional dwelling. However, it is essential to be aware of the importance of restricting water and electricity consumption.
Did you know that?
The tiny houses are equipped with innovative toilets that save over 15,000 liters of water per person per year, and waste can be composted.
Parcel was born out of two realities: city dwellers’ desire for nature and terroir, and farmers’ lack of income. From the outset, Parcel drew on its strong values of commitment, proximity and environmental neutrality. Indeed, according to a study by ADEME, published in 2021, tourism accounts for 11% of greenhouse gas emissions in France.
“In the beginning, we had to deal with power and water cuts, and the lack of visible information was a source of stress for the farmers, who were left to their own devices. At first, we could deal with this, but as soon as we went beyond the five tiny houses, finding an operator to have this on-board vision became vital.”
Géraldine BOYER, Founder of Parcel. Eco-friendly Tiny House.
Parcel Tiny House sets up its micro-houses in the middle of nature, so they have to be self-sufficient in energy, powered by solar panels for the few electrical outlets and even for the air conditioning of some tiny houses in the south of France. This was a technical feat, made possible by the storage capacity of the batteries. This saves a lot of money, and for the farmer hosting the tiny houses, there are no charges.
Monitoring photovoltaic panel batteries
Installing a battery is highly recommended in certain situations, particularly if your home is not connected to the traditional electricity grid, or if your consumption depends entirely on your solar system. A battery allows you to store excess energy and use it when production is reduced, offering greater energy autonomy and flexibility.
What’s more, using the battery to provide a back-up power source in the event of a power cut is an added benefit, avoiding power interruptions.
In the case of tiny houses, there are always batteries, as the self-contained dwellings are in the wild and not connected to the grid.
Connected objects in sustainable housing
The IoT can be used to monitor and collect energy production from solar panels, but that’s not the only use case. It is possible to :
– Measure and connect brightness,
– Track detailed power consumption
– Remote reading of the various meters
To enable you to take appropriate action on your home’s electrical equipment.
We can anticipate cut risks and improve occupant comfort
The solution allows us to reassure farmers and reduce unnecessary travel
We optimize battery charging and are alerted to any malfunctions.
Supervision: a game changer!
“Anticipation is really key for us. We’re able to know the state of a battery, to adapt the consumption of the tiny house, while raising the awareness of customers who often take to the game, but also to reduce farmers’ travel. For us, it was very important to have this global vision of all our destinations and to control the data from our SoDATA#Viz dashboards.”
Parcel can guarantee optimum comfort for its passengers, by measuring air quality, using indoor temperature sensors with comparison points and setting thresholds for the alerting system.
As for moisture content monitoring, it enables you to control and anticipate the maintenance required throughout the year, which may be specific to a given region, depending on its climate, since wood will require more maintenance.
“It’s customer opinions that create new needs, and I know for a fact that the IoT will be able to meet them.”
Activity: Offers eco-friendly Tiny house rentals on the land of French producers.
All over France.
The company is supported by the Aquitaine region and the European Union as part of the European Union’s recovery plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the FEDER/FSE (Aquitaine/Limousin/Poitou-Charentes) 2014-2020 Operational Program.
Revolutionizing reasoned, local tourism.
Implementation of solutions for monitoring energy consumption and production in autonomous, eco-responsible homes.
Our partner on this project
Synox is a French creator of IoT solutions.
As a pioneer in IoT for more than 15 years, we facilitate the work of our 700 customers (including 200 local authorities) in France, Europe (and worldwide), by designing high value-added IoT ecosystems: powerful and invisible, sustainable and responsible, adapted to their needs, tailored to their uses. Guided by its spirit of adventure and its crew, Synox puts people and the planet first, innovation at the forefront and service to the French.
Parcel Tiny House offers eco-responsible accommodation directly with farmers.
With or without a network, the company invites its customers to take the time to disconnect in a haven of peace.
Eco-designed in responsibly sourced wood, with insulation from recycled cotton clothing and equipped with dry toilets, Tiny houses are open to nature.
Imagined in a minimalist design, they remain comfortable and welcoming all year round, for the whole family.