WP2 - Energy Manager

In the recent years, the lack of supply and energetic distribution suggested the opportunity to improve performance in terms of efficiency, management and energetic consumption in the domestic environment. This performance offers support to a new smart electric distribution, new network called Smart Grid.

The scientific research underlines the importance of an automatized domestic system. It provides tools to adopt a dynamic pricing of energy. In this way users can improve or stop the hourly consumption of energy, in order to modulate the load that network suffered and, on the other hand, it maximizes users’ comfort. In some cases, research risks to lose the context in which technological solutions will be dropped in the future. Some studies show that energy management sometimes focused on optimization of efficiency, without take care of users. There is an overturn of priorities.

On the contrary, SHELL thinks that environment will be not domestic if user’s comfort is not the priority.

User is absolutely the principle actor; he has the freedom to choice according with its needs. Resources and home environment follow the needs of users. They foster energetic efficiency according to different performance criteria and promote the interaction with exterior.

For this reason, a manager for domestic energetic resources should have these characteristics:

  • user’s help: supply clear and exact information about energetic devices and about the consumption in different times; define the “what if scenarios” available for users for “consumption awareness”;
  • energetic supervision of domestic ambient: pick up and maintain information about users’ activities, devices, wheatear, …;
  • management of domestic ambient resources: put the available energetic resources inside home; it is possible to manage energetic tasks in an efficient way, following needs and obligations of users;
  • interaction between automation living, services suppliers and other users: sharing experiences, data and knowledge with external actors, according to Smart Grid.