Tasks and Projects

EDNA’s key method of delivering outcomes is by implementing Tasks which fit within EDNA’s scope and objectives. Outputs from tasks will be published on the EDNA website as they become available (refer menu on right).

Smaller projects will also be undertaken. The menu on the right of this page contains links to all EDNA Tasks and projects.

Task 2 – Energy Efficiency of the Internet of Things

This Task is a first step to tackle the widespread field of energy efficiency in IoT. It aims to enhance the market and technology knowledge, to prioritize the topics to address, to develop high-level recommendations on policies

Task 5 – Network Standby Power Basics

This EDNA report examines the power used for “network standby”. In the context of this report, network standby refers to functionality that allows a product to maintain a network connection and await a network “trigger” in order to be awoken when needed

Task 6 – Energy Harvesting

The Internet of Things (IoT) includes many networked devices which consume energy. Specifically decentralized edge devices, like actuators and sensors often utilise batteries as their energy source. The EDNA report Energy Efficiency of the Internet of Things shows the substantial increase in

Task 7 – Policy Case for Connected Devices

This task involves preparation of a global business case to support the implementation of policies for connected devices. The objective is to provide interested governments with an initial set of information that allows them to commence development of policies for connected devices

Task 8 – Total Energy Model for Connected Devices

This task involves developing a quantitative model of the “total energy cost” of connected devices, globally. The objective of the report (and model) is to quantify the total additional energy that results from devices

Task 10 – Network Zero Devices

This task will involve preparation of a report which maps a technology and policy pathway towards “network zero” connected devices. These are devices which do not rely on the grid for the energy required to remain connected to a communications network. It is expected that such devices would utilise

Task 13 – Energy Use for Wireless Charging

This task: Predicts the additional future energy that could be used by wireless device chargers Quantifies the potential energy savings available from policies to regulate/stimulate higher efficiency of wireless chargers. Provides a brief international overview of the kinds of modifications to existing battery

Task 17 – Extension of Total Energy Model

In 2018 EDNA developed a Total Energy Model (TEM) for connected devices, including an associated report. The objective was to develop a quantitative model of the ‘total energy use’ of connected devices, globally. The model considers a number of product categories and combines information

Task 18 – Harnessing IoT for Energy Benefits

There are many IoT devices on (and entering) the market that embody consumer benefits related to lifestyle, security, convenience, health, etc. It is hypothesised that some of these products do not consider that there may also be energy savings available as a result of their connectivity

Task 19 – Retrofitting Connectivity for Energy Benefits

The purpose of this topic is to examine the potential to make “dumb” devices into “smart” devices. In other words, to retrofit connectivity to in-situ consumer devices which currently are not network connected, so that they may become available to participate in intelligent efficiency and demand

Task 20 – Small Network Equipment

Small network equipment (SNE) of the kind used in homes and small offices (e.g. routers and modems) are significant consumers of energy.  These are subject to voluntary agreements in the US, as well as

Task 22 – Plug and Play Devices

The objective of this task is to investigate the extent to which energy efficiency and demand flexibility services are not being realised because a proportion of smart, energy devices are not user-friendly with respect

Task 23 – Metrics for Data Centre Efficiency

This task aims to: Explore existing metrics for data centre efficiency. Identify which existing metric(s) would be most suited for use by policy makers, i.e. which metric(s) would be most suited to base policies

Task 24 – Mobile Devices

Mobile device energy usage is likely to increase, particularly with onset of 5G (+ future iterations) and in some cases mobile devices are likely to replace mains powered products.  Hence the objective of this

Task 25 – Emerging Battery Technologies

This task builds on previous EDNA tasks involving batteries: Network Zero Devices and Energy Harvesting Technologies.  Today’s   Li-ion batteries have a series of severe limitations, such as slow charging, limited life and safety

Task 26 – Interoperability

The interoperability of connected devices can hamper the effectiveness of the digitalisation of the energy system.  The objective of this task is to study the issue of (a lack of) device interoperability and the

Task 27 – Connection with Standardisation

EDNA’s work in connected devices intersects considerably with standards in many areas.  The objective of this task is to outline the “lie of the land” for standards and standardisation efforts (e.g. committees, working groups

Project – Connected Devices Alliance (CDA)

The Connected Devices Alliance (CDA) is a network of more than 350 government and industry participants that have come together to work on the energy efficiency opportunities provided by networked devices. These include opportunities for device standby mode energy savings as well as

Project – CDA Centre of Excellence

EDNA funds and operates the CDA Centre of Excellence, which is one of the key projects conceived by the Connected Devices Alliance (CDA). The Centre’s publications library aims to increase the understanding of energy saving opportunities and best practices that can be attained by networked devices

Project – Energy Aware Devices

“Energy aware” devices are able to communicate information on how much energy they are consuming, in real time. Energy use can either be measured by on-board measurement hardware, or estimated within a device’s firmware. Following the work of the Connected Devices Alliance, EDNA has published