Domestic & Commercial Simulated Environment

PhD Title:

Efficiency of Energy Systems

Today, energy generation and consumption are highly topical issues, with an emphasis placed on the importance of energy efficient devices. An important aspect to be examined is how to decrease energy consumption and close the energy gap.

A testing environment containing common household appliances has been set up in the Energy Design Lab. The model environment is being used to simulate energy usage in the home. It will be aimed at reducing energy consumption by providing real time data that can be used to alter behaviour and usage patterns.

domestic environment setup

A measurement box is non-invasively measuring the power used by the appliances. Each appliance can be reduced down and represented by a basic electrical load - resistive, capacitive or inductive. The characteristics of each type of load will be measured, modelled and used as a fingerprint to identify which appliances are being utilised.

measurement box layout

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