NILM4Bal (NILM for load and peak load management)
In the projekt «NILM4Bal» we investigate how smart meter data can be used to automatically identify large power consumers and quantify their load shift potential. In this way, the shiftable consumers already present in households and businesses can be used for load shifting. This will enable energy suppliers to optimise their load management and save costs without having to make additional investments in distribution networks.
SCCER «Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts» (FEEBD)
In the project «SCCER – FEEBD» we investigate methods for the recognition of user behaviour in order to enable user-centered control strategies. We expect the users of a building to better accept the building management system. In order to achieve this goal, we analyse the interactions between the building management system and the user behaviour.
SmartNIALMeter - Smart Load Disaggregation with Smart Meter
The authors of different studies demonstrate a potential for energy saving when the energy consumption is displayed as directly and in detail as possible. The aim of this project is to examine the savings potential of electrical energy when the energy consumption is broken down according to some important devices. For this, we apply the methods of non-intrusive appliance load monitoring (NIALM).
Energy Aware IoT
An approach for smart efficiency optimisations in the grid lies in the usage of connected, energy-aware devices. The goal of this study is to identify the challenges and sketch possible solution scenarios to grasp the complexity and get an overview of the energy-related potential of a smart, networked energy-awareness of devices in and outside the IoT.
NILM@I: Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring for industrial applications
Energy monitoring for industrial machines with Non Intrusive Load Monitoring. The project examines the feasibility of a concept which is to expand existing power monitoring of industrial machines in distribution cabinets by means of a load breakdown system, thus showing the consumption of individual consumer groups and devices.
Efficient PV system monitoring with current weather data
Test and improvement of the monitoring system of EGON AG. The system calculates based on the latest weather information, the target production of a system and compares it to the actual production. This loss of production (for example caused by string failure).
Electrical energy is generated increasingly decentralized with intermittent sources and the consumer is becoming a prosumer, because he often also produces electrical energy. To balance supply and demand, utilities will influence energy usage patterns with time dependent tariffs. Thus the prosumer has to decide, whether to sell, buy, consume or store energy. To support this process a brokerage system will be explored, which leverages the smart grid infrastructure.
Energy Efficiency in IoT
Investigation for the International Energy Agency (IEA) about the energy consumption of networked devices within the Internet of Things.
«REALYSE» will show the full potential of the so called NIALM technology (Non Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring). The measured values, the fingerprint, will be used to benchmark the appliance with the best in class products. A benchmark portal like TopTen.ch will be interfaced to give a hint which product will serve the needs the most efficient way.
«Demand-Response» researches smart concepts with companies like BKW, Siemens, swissgrid and MeteoSchweiz to enable energy suppliers and consumers to adapt and be ready for the energy market of the future.
«NEUTUN» researches a method for the accurate assessment of the residual life of these network components using low-cost devices. In this research project, current and voltage analysis will be used to determine the residual life. To date, a cost-effective method and equipment for assessing the condition of network components are missing.
DC in Buildings
This potential study investigates the topic «increase of the energy efficiency with DC nets in buildings». The study shows technical hurdles and challenges to switch over to 100 percent DC energy distribution and examinates the contribution to the increase of the energy efficiency of different equipment.
«Cocome» explores the possibility of using building infrastructure interfaces for different type of applications. These interfaces often have a secure communication link. The project «CoCome» researches whether these compounds are safe to be used for other applications, which also require a high level of data security.
In this project the functional, technical possibilities of «digitalSTROM» chips are tested and verified. In addition, the electricity consumption caused by this installation is identified.
«ufeel» explores an innovative, user-centered and adaptive system for the automation of commercial buildings. A newly designed, context sensitive user interaction model and method for identifying users and situations allows the control of lighting and blinds actuators so that users are satisfied and at the same time a situationally optimal energy efficiency can be maintained.
802.15.4 «Swarm Intelligence» explores a novel approach to improve energy efficiency in buildings using sensor nodes that will create a sensor network. The radio-based sensor nodes can be used directly in existing devices without the need to modify the existing electrical installation.
SEM (Smart Energy Monitor)
«SEM» is a system that measures the power consumption of connected electrical devices live and in real time, visualizes it and makes suggestions for improvement. The presentation is intuitively understandable for everyone so that everybody has an incentive to consume as little electricity as possible. «SEM» is the result of a research project on iHomeLab, which was co-financed by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
Efficiency study for the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the topics of «NIALM» and «Smart Metering Consumption».
The intelligent powersocket «iKnowWatt» which has been developed together with the Federal Office of Energy, Landis+Gyr, BKW, ewz Feller and Swisscom recognizes the electrical devices connected to it and measures their power consumption. The energy consumption is visualized on a standard display (iPhone, tablet, etc.) and gives tips on saving electricity.
This makes it possible to compare the power consumption of the devices an repalce the ones which are not energy efficient. Users can control their own energy consumption and learn how to improve it. In Swiss households, up to 15 percent of electrical energy could be saved, just by visualization.
Studies are showing that systems which give the occupants a detailed feedback on their energy usage, result in an average energy saving of 5 to 15 percent. «LoReMA» helps to utilize this potential. Its goal is to measure every single appliance in the household and to display their energy consumption in real time. The energy is measured directly inside the power socket and transmitted to the display by means of a low power ZigBee radio link.
The energy measurement dimmer «eMeDi» measures the energy of a electrical device and sends this information wirelessly to an information display. Through the detailed information about the energy consumption, the residents can optimize the energy consumption. In addition, the «eMeDi» can switch or dim a device.
The objective of «IMPACT» is to research and develop a reliable infrastructure for personal energy management (PEM) application. Including energy consumption visualisation, load control and micro generation.
«MEGA» research is focused on innovative, ready-to-use solutions to increase the energy efficiency in private housholds. The chosen approach wants to precisely measure the energy usage of all major consumers in real-time, process the collected data smartly and finally present it to the inhabitant in a user friedly way.