Ocean Blue develops 'Green' software to tackle rising standby power consumption

Monday, August 16th, 2010
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BRISTOL, UK — Digital TV software specialist, Ocean Blue Software, has developed an intelligent, “deep hibernation” software system for digital TVs and set-top boxes to reduce standby power consumption.

The software monitors device usage and helps tackle the increasing problem of standby power consumption, which currently costs UK householders over £500 million a year, producing some 3.1 million tones of CO2*.

Developed as part of Ocean Blue’s mature DVB software, Sunrise™, the Eco-TV™ software module monitors device usage and reduces consumption by switching off functions that are not required. Freeview set top boxes, for example, consume almost 12 watts, on average, when in standby mode. Sunrise Eco-TV would quickly push the box into deep hibernation, slashing consumption by an estimated 70%.

“The proliferation of electronic devices in the home is pushing up power consumption, but few householders realise quite how much, this new technology should help save energy, money and help reduce our carbon footprint” commented Ken Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue Software. ”

The number of TVs in the UK is estimated to reach 74 million by 2020 (up from just 18 million in 1970), meaning that there will be more televisions than people to watch them. A recent study by Which? found that the worst devices, Freeview boxes and DVD recorders, in some cases consumed over 20 watts in standby, and that a typical combination of entertainment devices left on standby could cost households almost £40 a year each in wasted electricity.

European Directive

The European Commission has adopted the Eco-design of Energy-using products (EuP) framework Directive. Under this Directive, electronic devices must meet maximum power consumption requirements of 1 watt whilst in stand-by mode. In 2013, this will be cut to 0.5 watt.

Ocean Blue Software is working with several electronics manufacturers to implement Sunrise Eco-TV into future generations of chipsets and CE products. The introduction of this energy saving technology should benefit consumers and reduce our carbon footprint.

* Figures from the Energy Saving Trust on standby power use in the UK. The Trust also found that the average household has up to 12 gadgets left on standby or charging at any one time.