Tilson recently helped the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Avangrid build the software that energizes PowerHouse, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's newest education initiative, which engages students directly in math and science learning.
Utilizing the rapidly growing network of smart electrical meters in Maine households, PowerHouse enables Maine students and their families to investigate and manage their home electricity use. Students engage in authentic investigations and use evidence-based reasoning about electricity consumption and participate in family discussions about energy use at home. They realize energy management with their families and engage productively in the quest for climate change solutions. As a trust partner to the utility, Tilson was able to quickly build and integrate the Powerhouse backend with Avangrid's systems and third party smart grid information systems. Tilson took a leading role in getting Department of Energy Funding for the project, and provided project management services throughout the initial deployment.