29 Jun 2020

Smart use as the missing link in district energy development: a user-centered approach to system operation and management

Smart use – District energy XI-03 is a project funded by the International Energy Agency Implementing Agreement on District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power (IEA DHC). In this project, we have tried to explore how to design an interface that invites the user to understand the smart energy network and thus enable the user to contribute to efficient resource utilization. In order to do this, the user must be given an overview and the possibility to control, but also receive feedback and strategies to adjust energy consuming activities.

We have developed a platform for a home in a near future scenario, that is connected to a smart energy network and where some home appliances are also powered by district heating or cooling. Its user interface enables all members of a household to participate to use energy consuming products in an informed and smart way.

Date of publication: 2017-06-07

Authors: Sara Renström, Ulrike Rahe, Mikael Sundgren, Katharina Merl, Heléne Pilström, Stephan Mangold, Bo Wikensten, Jan Jantzen, Michael Kristensen & Johan Kensby (IEA-DHC, Annex XI)

Keywords: smart energy networks, electricity, district heating and cooling, home energy management system