The challenge to overcome these problems became a key area of current and future research activities. The aim of the e-balance EU project is to improve the efficiency and reliability of energy systems by controlling both the energy consumption and production in smart neighbourhoods. The project started in October this year.
Energy efficiency becomes crucial for rational consumption of the available resources and reduction of the CO2 production. But the reduction of energy consumption as the only remedy is only a partial solution that may additionally cause user reluctance. Similar, applying more environment-neutral or renewable energy sources without smart management systems may even cause failures in the energy grid or at least cause the produced energy to be wasted. Introducing intelligent solutions that combine the control of energy production and consumption helps to achieve the best efficiency at the lowest cost.
However, a successful application of such intelligent solutions faces problems due to human factors. The problem space is in fact multidimensional, but can be abstracted as a combination of social, economic and technical aspects. The e-balance project will investigate their interdependencies and propose a technical solution that satisfies the defined socio-economic requirements. The social, economic and technical aspects will be investigated together in order to achieve a mature and holistic solution.
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