Due to the rise of sustainable energy, the energy market is rapidly changing. Supply and demand are moving further and further apart. Consumers can help to make supply and demand more balanced by becoming more aware of energy. The test 'Your Energy Moment' proofs that residents with access to smart technology in their houses structurally adjust their energy patterns. These savings and adjustments have a positive effect on the strain of the electricity network.
Insight in energy use
Consumer are prepared to make changes in their normal pattern against a cheaper electricity tariff or even free electricity from private solar panels. Especially if you make it accessible by providing technical tools. Participants in Your Energy Moment have an energy computer with display right in their living room. It shows them what the solar panels on the roof are producing and how much energy they are using. They can also see how high the energy bill will be for the upcoming 24 hours and set a convenient time to start the washing machine.
"Saving money is free, it will only costs you some effort", one participant said. In order to increase user-friendliness, the technical tool will need to match the users requirements as closely as possible. This means access to technological products and services that can be used intuitively so the households can maintain control.
Technolution has made a user-friendly interface for the display in the living room for the Your Energy Moment project. We developed the technology that controls all the devices in the house. Like a decision module that can start the washing machine at a convenient time. But it also includes the control of the heat pump in the house that takes any cooling down or heating up time, the outside temperature, the energy prices and the power supplied by the solar panels into consideration. The data will show on the display and is also transferred to network operator Enexis and energy supplier GreenChoice. Consumers can also see their use online by visiting a matching website.
Energy network of the future
Due to the rise of the decentralization of energy generation, heat pumps and electric transportation, there is a shift in the supply and demand of energy. This influences the capacity of the electricity network. Together with Enexis, we view the implementation of flexibility in households as a solution that can help to deal with these changes. The experiences of the participants of the Your Energy Moment project provide the foundation for the energy network of the future. A network that keeps the energy affordable and makes sure we will never have to go without.
Your Energy Moment is a project of CGI, Enexis, Greenchoice, I2Tec and Technolution.
- Winifred Roggekamp
- Domain Architect
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