Climate change is the most critical question of our time. The energy sector accounts for roughly two-thirds of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions due to the fossil dominance of energy sources. Globally, residential energy use constitutes one fourth of the energy used. The development of the energy sector towards the goal of sustainability has led to the increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy-based power production, power electronic based devices and energy storages on all levels in the power system. In recent years, technical and socio-economic studies, as well as hands-on experience, have concluded that the integration and participation of end-users are crucial. The I-GReta solution will address the deficiencies of contemporary energy systems, which lack technologies enabling active user participation as well as a sufficient degree of interconnection and interoperability to satisfy individual and partly conflicting needs. The core innovation of the I-GReta project is its unique interplay of human-centred automation, cloud-based ICT platforms and dynamic storage integration. The Austrian partners will mainly contribute methodological expertise in the field of psychological and technical aspects of active user participation in smart energy systems with high shares of storages of different energy carriers. Furthermore, they provide mathematical and computational methods to enable large-scale modelling, simulation and optimization of cyber-physical systems. The goal of the project is to design and develop a prototype of an inter-regional energy system demonstrating a possible way to successfully transform our energy systems towards human-centred and renewable, service-oriented energy supply. Prototypical developments will be tested and evaluated under laboratory conditions in Kapfenberg and Graz in the “Energy and Solutions Lab”.
Duration: Dec 2020 – Nov 2023
Funding (Austria): FFG – The Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. or. Mag.phil. Dr.techn. Gerald Schweiger, MA, MA (for Austria)
Cooperations: RWTH Aachen University, aedifion GmbH, E.ON SE, FH JOANNEUM Kapfenberg, Graz University of Technology, dwh GmbH, University of Graz, CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH, EVON GmbH, WEB Windenergie AG, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Siv Electro Concept SRL, Greenitiative, EnergoBit SA, HSB Göteborg ekonomisk förening, Chalmers University of Technology, Örebroporten Fastigheter AB
Project members of our section: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr.phil. Katja Corcoran
The energy revolution is of central importance for our society. To achieve this, the proportion of renewable energies must be increased, synergies between sectors exploited and energy consumption reduced. Users have a decisive role to play in all three points. Through the active participation of users, the efficiency of the systems can be increased, energy requirements reduced and the overall system made more flexible. Furthermore, the participation of the users and the resulting generation of data is an enabler for new innovative energy services. The ANSERS project investigates the potential and possibilities of active user participation in intelligent energy systems. The developed energy services will be tested and evaluated in the Smart City Area Graz.
Funding: Zukunftsfonds Steiermark
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Dipl.-Psych. Katja Corcoran, Dr. Gerald Schweiger (deputy)
Project partner: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institut für Psychologie, Arbeitsbereich Sozialpsychologie, Technische Universität Graz, Institut für Softwaretechnologie
Katja CorcoranInstitut für Psychologie