In a bid to provide a solution to these challenges, we developed a pioneering project in collaboration with AEM (Azienda Elettrica di Massagno) that is financed by EnergieSchweiz and Fondo Energie Rinnovabili of Canton Ticino.
We analysed the consumption profiles of about 9k residential consumers belonging to the Lugano region, using 15-minute sampled load profiles read from L+G E450 smart meters. From this analysis, we discovered that the challenges faced by most energy consumers are due to the following anomalies:
Inefficient heat pumps: when a user's heat pump excessively resorts to its auxiliary resistance to maintain indoor comfort during cold winter days.
Unreasonable standby power: for example, when a user's consumption never drops below 200 W for several days in a row (maybe that cute water fountain wasn't so efficient after all?).
Anomalous consumption trends: when the general long-term trend of a user's energy consumption drastically increases.
Unexpected power peak: short anomalous high peaks of consumption could help spot a faulty electrical device.
Will guide users in the early detection of faulty appliances and anomalies that could cost them a portion of their electricity tariffs.
Will provide users with a smart solution for monitoring energy consumption in their households, keeping track of how their utility bills are calculated in real-time.
Will create room for automatic support services by the DSOs, who can now offer expert advice and/or solutions to a user's complaints using the data from the app.
Will grant users access to clear and concise information on how their bills are generated.