In Europe we use nearly four times more energy per capita than in Asia or South America, and 30% of this consumption is domestic. Analyse them, and the statistics get worse – at least 16% of this energy is wasted. This month Euronews made a visit to Manchester to find out how DEHEMS is contributing to reducing this kind of energy wastage. Video footage and reportage is available from Euronews.
The University of Salford have constructed a 1920’s, 2 bed terraced house, the worst performing type of house in the UK, in an “environmental chamber”. The aim is that if energy issues with this type of home can be solved, it would be possible to address other types of build. With an estimated 14 million homes in need across Britain, retrofit is seen key to addressing carbon savings.To find out more, watch the short video. Read More→
The members of the Birmingham Living Lab have contributed to video where they talk about their experiences of DEHEMS. You can watch it here:
These are details of a number of resources to support behavioural change in energy use .
Manchester is my Planet has been working with partners in Greater Manchester,Uk and from across the EU to develop a practical on-line resource to assist managers design and improve energy behavioural change programmes. The MECHanisms toolkit features a step-by-step guide for designing projects together with comprehensive supporting resources. The toolkit has been developed through the Changing Behaviour Project, funded through the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. Read More→
The Birmingham Living Lab have produced a short film showing progress in the project to date. There are some interesting interviews with some of its participants who share their experiences of the system.
Water Pebble takes the effort out of saving water by automatically monitoring water flow down the plughole as you shower. When it’s time to switch off, Water Pebble lets you know via its traffic light-style indicators. Simply place it near the plughole and you’re away. Green=start, amber=halfway, red=time to stop. As the days go by your water usage is gradually reduced. Read More→
On April 22, 2010 the Energy Agency Plovdiv – EAP, organized a regional debate on climate attended by over 160 stakeholders, key actors, municipal, regional and national administrators, energy experts and journalists. Read More→
Hildebrand, the key technology partner in the DEHEMS project have been asked by the UK government to to scale up it’s energy montiroing solution for UK homes. They are working in conjuction with IBM’s software laboratory near Winchester to create a solution that can collect, store and analyse huge volumes of data – 50K data points per second – making it scaleable to millions of homes. This enables real-time analysis oand optimisation of electrictiy usage for households – a vital step in making our energy system smarter. Developments like this will become increasingly imporatnt as smart meters and smart grids start to transform the way we supply and use energy. IBM made this announcement in an advert in the Economist in October this year. For more details : www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/uk/en/smart_grid/ideas/index.html?re=spf
Researchers at the University of East Anglia (School of Environmental Sciences) have published a useful review of smart metering and the various energy monitoring options on the market. The report was funded as part of the Nuffield Bursary Scheme and details the current state of the art in the market. The document (PDF) can be downloaded A review of smart metering andsurvey options for energy.
Cycle 1 of DEHEMS research programme focused on the methodologies for using Living Labs for the DEHEMS. Cycle 2 gathered live data from Living Lab households using the DEHEMS monitoring equipment in 242 households across 5 Living Labs – in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Plovdiv & Ivanovo (Bulgaria). The Cycle 2 report is now available and combines both the quantitative and qualitative data elements:
- · Participating household energy usage as monitored by the DEHEMS system
- · Results of user surveys conducted by all Living Labs
- · Transcripts of focus groups conducted by all Living Labs
- · Other feedback from users recorded by individual Living Labs
- · Records of User Groups and other meetings
The report (D7.6), is an important element in the development of Cycle 3 and in particular feeds in to D2.5 – User Requirements for Cycle 3 and D2.8 – UML of Systems Requirements for Cycle 3.