EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
17 de junio del 2016 - 14:16

How DAREED helps citizens become energy efficient

DAREED is a platform that provides diverse functionality for different users to help them make decision to save energy. DAREED provides citizens with an opportunity to participate actively or passively to the local decision making and support them to understand and assess alternatives to traditional energy consumption patterns and inertial behavior leading to high consumption levels. For energy service providers, DAREED allow them to access a wide range of future clients through market place, improve the trade relations between all parties to get a distinct to be more energetically efficient. Finally, policy makers will be able to have valuable information for decision making, like global KPIs and energy savings to design and validate district and building and building level energy policies, with the aim to rise energy efficiency awareness among their citizens.

DAREED is a platform that provides diverse functionality for different users to help them make decision to save energy. DAREED provides citizens with an opportunity to participate actively or passively to the local decision making and support them to understand and assess alternatives to traditional energy consumption patterns and inertial behavior leading to high consumption levels. For energy service providers, DAREED allow them to access a wide range of future clients through market place, improve the trade relations between all parties to get a distinct to be more energetically efficient. Finally, policy makers will be able to have valuable information for decision making, like global KPIs and energy savings to design and validate district and building and building level energy policies, with the aim to rise energy efficiency awareness among their citizens.

This article takes a deeper look into the functionality of the DAREED system provided to citizens. The services for citizens of the DAREED platform can be classified into three categories: energy management; decision support and energy awareness; and modeling & knowledge. Citizens can enjoy those services as an either registered or unregistered user. However, registered citizens have more access to wider range of services. The registration process is relatively simple on the DAREED web page, and all registration requests are authorized by district managers. A non-registered citizen can navigate district view of DAREED to see energy consumption information of the district overall as well as detailed information for public buildings only. Unregistered users can see limited KPI (Key Performance Indicator) information on the district like energy cost data, energy consumption, and CO2 emission.

Through the DAREED platform, citizens can:

  • Analyse their energy consumption data and compare it with other similar users
  • Obtain general information about energy usage in their district
  • Interact with other energy service agents, becoming an active part in their own energy management and
  • Discover different ways to improve their energy efficiency

Energy management

District monitoring tool provides a general view about energy use in citizen's chosen district: district view and district/facilities list view. District view is the first interface shown to a citizen when s/he visits the DAREED platform. It shows energy related data including consumption, areas per use (m2), monitored area (%), estimated cost (€), estimated emissions (TCO2), and KWh/m2. The district view also shows relative energy efficiency in comparison with other dissimilar districts.

A registered user also can see the similar data for her own building as shown in Figure 1. The energy data can be automatically collected from the building through smart meters or uploaded manually on the platform.

Figure 1. Energy consumption analysis for a registered building

Trending tool is a very useful tool to Citizens to visualize the temporal evolution of energy use and environmental conditions within their managed buildings and make accurate predictions according to the data.  They also have available public information from Districts.

Active Demand Management tool allows policy makers and energy providers to influence in electric demand in order to reduce consumption peaks and make demand curve more uniform, like so send programs focused in get an environmental impact reduction. This tool provides a forecast of electricity demand for the current date and a connection to final users to send them notifications and manage consumption when a peak is predicted. Citizens will take part in Active Demand Management through the Notifications Tool, where they will receive concrete offers /suggestions for optimization of their private use of energy or better energy contract possibilities.

Decision support and energy awareness

DAREED provides citizens with tools for supporting their decision making with regard to energy issues and user awareness of the importance of energy efficiency in district level. RES Introduction Simulation Tool can be used to learn the impact of renewable energy sources at building level through a simulation. This tool will be very useful to the owner of the building or housing to assess the feasibility of investing in renewable energy. Citizens can select a building and time horizon for the simulation and the tool shows following information with regard to the potential use of renewable energy sources.

  • CAPITAL COST SPENT ON NEW SYSTEMS
  • SAVINGS GAINED
  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT
  • ENERGY PRODUCTION BY TECHNOLOGY
  • CO₂ REDUCTION BY TECHNOLOGY

 

Market Place tool allow citizens, policy makers and energy providers whose main objective is to facilitate trade relations between them. Citizens can share information about their consumption and get new offers from providers to improve energy efficiency at their buildings. This tool works as a communication channel where citizens can share their concerns and energy providers can offer them a solution either through particular offers, only for a particular user, or general ones. Once loaded, the Awareness tool shows the possible operations that the user can access.

User awareness tool allow citizens analyse bill payments history and energy consumption for their own buildings. For bill analysis functionality, two main graphs are displayed: the first one is related to costs and shows how the electricity bill cost varies in time, the second one how user's electricity consumption varies in time. Beside each graph there is a small and clear box reporting important values like the cost and consumption averages and, more important, a message that tells to the user whether if his costs and consumptions are below or above other users' averages. The second part of the section is related to the environmental impact. This presents two kinds of environmental information to the user: first one is related to the trees equivalent value of the consumed energy, the second one is related to the Kg of CO2 produced for the use of the consumed energy.

Figure 2. Energy consumption analysis report generated by the user awareness tool

 

Energy consumption analysis tool also gives some more detailed information about energy consumption by offering a detailed view accessible. There are two graphs: the first one shows the different consumptions between regular rate and low rate energy, the second shows the average regular/low rate consumption difference in percentage. Like bill analysis tool, the boxes beside the graphs give feedback to the user about his energy usage with the objective to let him improve his low rate energy consumption in order to save money.

 

Modelling and Knowledge

One of the most interesting features of DAREED is provided by the best practice tool which provides best practices to improve energy efficiencies of citizens' buildings. The tool obtain geometry data of citizens' chosen buildings and allow them enter characteristic of the buildings as shown in Figure 3.

 

Based on the input data of the buildings, the tool generates best practices as shown in Figure 4 to improve energy efficiencies of the buildings using a simulation engine and optimization solver.

 

Figure 4. Best practices generated by DAREED to improve energy efficienciesof buildings
 
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