Much of my recent research has explored the application of artificial intelligence to optimise the use of energy within buildings and the smart grid. I am also interested in novel ways to measure, visualise and optimise energy use through the web and mobile device.
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Grid Carbon IntensityWe have developed a range of tools to visualise the realtime carbon intensity (the CO2 emitted when 1 kWh of electricity is used) of the UK electricity grid.
We can also calculate and predict carbin intensity for individual energy suppliers who mix their own generation with grid supplied electricity.
Building Energy Monitoring
We have implemented a number of live energy displays using energy data feeds from our own office building (live versions are optimised for 1280x1024 display screens and require an HTML5 compliant browser):
Finally, no discussion of energy feedback would be complete without an ambient orb (or cube in our case). Our own version is a USB powered ambient feedback device based on an ATtiny45 microcontroller implementing the HID USB interface in firmware.
The data to drive these displays and devices comes from the building management system and a network of Zigbee Ploggs that measure the individual energy consumption of a number of devices within our lab.We can also log and display the information in more conventional ways.For example, here is my total usage so far today:
Here is my consumption this week:
Finally, here is a comparison with the other Ploggs in the trial.