Posts Tagged ‘Manage’

3.7.7 The motivation behind ”Green energy for my..”

Monday, April 27th, 2009

See this evidence for context.


When the solar panel was installed and producing energy, confirmed by the mobile GUI we could have been content. A consequence of an intelligent Home Grid is that you could have virtual wiring. As the actual electricity is measured and converted to an abstract unit (kWh) services are free to trade and move these units between appliances. If an appliance like the kettle is supplied with a set measure of kWh it can control itself to use just that amount. So if your solar panel produces 528KJ in four hours and eleven minutes it is enough to give 2200 Watts for 4 minutes which is enough to cook water for a cup of tea or so.

User Motivation

So instead of just deduct the kWh produced from the total consumption, a more interesting action would be to specify where that energy is used. To be able to control when and where his own energy is produced and then be able to control the same at the consumption is key to give the user a greater sense of participation and ownership to his electricity.


On a time scale, this action would not necessary be done each day. One could set it up once and be happy with that. Or if you are an eager user testing several set-ups would be the norm.