This paper was presented at the 21st International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED, Frankfurt.
Abstract: The current electricity distribution system treats home and working environments as consisting of isolated and passive individual energy-consuming units. This severely limits the achieved energy efficiency and sustainability, as it ignores the potential delivered by homes, offices, and commercial buildings which are seen as intelligent networked collaborations where energy can be intelligently managed. The Smarthouse/SmartGrid project is developing and ICT architecture introducing aholistic concept and technology for smart houses as they are suited and intelligently managed within their broader environment. Smart homes and buildings are considered as (i) proactive customers that (ii) negotiate and collaborate as an intelligent network in (iii) close interaction with their external environment. Three interrelated field experiments validate and demonstrate the ICT architecture in real world home and working environments. The initial results show that the newly developed control strategies and network architectures (i) energy efficiency , (ii) improve efficient management of local power grids (e.g., improve network load factors) and (iii) enable the integration of a larger amount of renewable energy resources with less carbon emission impact.