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EnergyUserPlus

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EnergyUserPlus

Smart energy monitoring at device level

We contribute to the development of smart, cost-effective energy management solutions that help people make sense of energy data.

EnergyUserPlus is a Eurostars project that develops smart device-level energy management solutions to enable greater energy efficiency. The Alexandra Institute provides expertise in user involvement in the energy domain, interaction design, user friendliness and user experience. We also provide knowledge on energy behaviour and how to communicate energy consumption on digital platforms.

The project addresses two challenges: that current energy management systems are very expensive, and that users are often not able to make any sense of the complex data provided by the systems. As a result, potential energy savings are not realised.

By developing smart, cost-effective solutions that measure energy consumption at device level, we can achieve both societal and environmental benefits. Today, there is often only one energy meter in for instance an office building. The objective of this project is therefore to place smart meter technology on all devices in the building, such as computers, printers, refrigerators etc.

The project initiates these activities:

  • Development of smart, cost-effective sensor technology that considerably reduces the costs of energy control systems and retrofitting. 
  • Development of smart user interface to enable energy consumers to effectively make use of complex data without any technical knowledge. User participation is therefore an important part of the development work. 
  • Development of an online platform to make the EnergyUserPlus solution available internationally. 

The EnergyUserPlus solution is developed in a joint project among the Alexandra Institute and two commercial partners, ReMoni and EnergyDeck. ReMoni is an expert in sensor and data analysis technologies, and EnergyDeck develops user interface solutions. 

The Alexandra Institute provides expertise on user involvement in the energy domain, interaction design, user friendliness and user experience. We also provide knowledge on energy behaviour and how to communicate energy consumption on digital platforms.

  • We apply an iterative user-centred innovation (UCI) approach in our development work, which means that we basically involve users in all stages of development. Insights from qualitative user studies and user tests constitute the basis for developing new functionality and new services. With this approach, we ensure that the prototypes developed meet the users’ requirements.
     
  • We apply well-known research-based qualitative methods and tools such as participatory observation, semi-structured interviews, Service Blueprints as well as The Model of Change developed specifically for the energy domain by the Alexandra Institute.
     
  • We involve users in technology development based on the assumption that if we want to reduce energy consumption, we have to understand the behaviour and practices that influence energy consumption – such as norms, existing technologies, legislation, culture etc. Our methods ensure that this implicit knowledge is identified and incorporated into technology development.
     
  • We develop and test proposals for enhancement of user interface design in collaboration with users.

There is a business potential in commercialising and selling the technology developed by the EnergyUserPlus project.

Another business opportunity is the sale of hardware and subscriptions for the energy platform.

Last but not least, the technology developed is independent to allow for the integration of third-party solutions in the future. 

The project is funded by Eurostars, which is co-funded by Innovationsfonden and Horizon 2020. The total budget distributed among project partners is 832,855 Euro. 

Our partners in the project are:

EnergyDeck

ReMoni

Eurostars

Innovationsfonden

Horizon 2020

 

We can optimise your solution by involving users in technology development.

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Manager – Intelligent Sustainability
People, Technology and Business Lab
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