End user research in PowerMatching City II

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In PowerMatching City, the leading Dutch smart grid project, 40 households participated in a field laboratory designed for sustainable living. The participating households were equipped with various decentralized energy sources (PV and micro combined heat-power units), hybrid heat pumps, smart appliances, smart meters, and an in-home display. Stabilization and optimization of the network was realized by trading energy on the market. To reduce peak loads on the smart grid and to be able to make optimal use of the decentralized energy sources, two energy services were developed jointly with the end users: Smart Cost Savings enabled users to keep the costs of energy consumption as low as possible, and Sustainable Together enabled them to become a sustainable community. Furthermore, devices could be controlled automatically, smartly, or manually to optimize the energy use of the households. Quantitative and qualitative studies were conducted to provide insight into the experiences and behaviours of end users. In this chapter, these experiences and behaviours are described. The chapter argues that end users: (1) prefer to consume self-produced energy, even when it is not the most efficient strategy to follow, (2) prefer feedback on costs over feedback on sustainability, and (3) prefer automatic and smart control, even though manual control of appliances felt most rewarding. Furthermore, we found that experiences and behaviours were fully dependent on trust between community members, and on trust in both technology (ICT infrastructure and connected appliances) and the participating parties.
Originele taal-2English
TitelSmart grids from a global perspective
Subtitelbridging old and new energy systems
RedacteurenAnne Beaulieu, Jaap de Wilde, Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen
UitgeverijSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Pagina's269-283
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-319-28077-6
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-319-28075-2
DOI's
StatusPublished - 16 feb 2016

Publicatie series

NaamPower Systems
ISSN van geprinte versie1612-1287

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Keywords

  • smart grid
  • energie
  • consumentengedrag
  • duurzaamheid
  • gebruikersonderzoek

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Wiekens, C. (2016). End user research in PowerMatching City II. In A. Beaulieu, J. de Wilde, & J. M. A. Scherpen (editors), Smart grids from a global perspective: bridging old and new energy systems (blz. 269-283). (Power Systems). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28077-6_17