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Smart Domestic Appliances in Sustainable Energy Systems (SMART-A)

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Coordinating the demand of domestic energy appliances with local sustainable energy generation and the requirements of regional load requirements in electricity networks is a complex yet necessary objective. Sustainable energy systems require smart energy loads to coordinate their operation with current levels of supply. The project aims to determine if, and under what conditions, consumers would be ready to use ‘smart appliances’ to spread out the demand placed at peak hours on electricity grids. One possibility would be to offer lower tariffs to those who are prepared to be flexible. Demand-side management (DSM) programmes consist of planning, implementing, and monitoring the activities of electric utilities which are designed to encourage consumers to modify their level and pattern of electricity usage. The project analyses consumer acceptance in EU countries in which case studies are running and extends the analysis to cover other countries as well.

Results

  • A thorough analysis of technological implications, user preferences, and the economic and ecological costs and benefits of improved coordination of domestic appliances with energy supply, will be conducted;
  • A clear understanding of how appliances should be designed to enable them for smart operation in the larger energy system;
  • A questionnaire-based survey will be conducted in five countries with support from regional energy utilities and appliance manufacturers;
  • Phone interviews, based on the results of the survey, will also be carried out in order to refine the qualitative analysis;
  • Focus groups of 6-12 participants will be held in four selected Member States.
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Lessons learned

  • SMART-A aims to conduct a thorough analysis of technological implications, user preferences, and the economic and ecological costs and benefits of improved coordination of domestic appliances with energy supply
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Contact

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Veit Bürger
Tel: 
0049-761 45 295-59
Name: 
Mr Christof Timpe
Tel: 
+49 761 45 295 25
Name: 
Dominik Seebach
Tel: 
+49-761-45295-225
Name: 
Veit Buerger
Tel: 
0049 (0) 761 452 95 59
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
00497614529525
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25

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Duration:
01/01/2007 to 30/06/2009
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/06/185/2006

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