Posts Tagged ‘Smart Grid’

3.6.2 The smart grid enables the smart consumer

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Energy Sharing
Distributed Generation or peer to peer energy sharing is the technological paradigm of the result[1].

Illustrating the vertical old- and the node based new infrastructure

Illustrating the vertical old- and the node based new infrastructure

Full Control
Today the electricity infrastructure and related services has little transparency for the regular consumer. On the left in the above illustration it is clear that the vertical one way structure gives the customers little added value. Comparing this to the right side of the illustration, the smart grid offers the consumer an equal spot in the smart grid as the next guy or a power company. By giving the end consumer the opportunity to plug a solar panel into the grid it could motivate a change in how we perceive electricity production today. The nodes in this Distributed Generation scenario have full freedom to connect input output over the entire grid and pool, split and regroup the various elements in the smart grid.

Exponential Growth?
This individual node in this new grid might smaller in scale than the the energy re-sellers and the producers capacities, but as more and more small contributors would connect to the Smart Grid their combined efforts will become notable. I think it could be the feeling of just generate enough electricity to keep your iPod, PC or one or two appliances on just your self-produced energy that will appeal to many in the start. One can just imagine the Youtube of energy sharing or the Piratebay of rouge electricity…

References in this post
  1. European Commission. (2006). European Technology Platform Smart Grids. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. [*]

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.