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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 643; doi:10.3390/s17030643

An Electricity Price-Aware Open-Source Smart Socket for the Internet of Energy

Department Electronics and Systems, Faculty of Computer Science, Universidade da Coruña, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 11 March 2017 / Accepted: 17 March 2017 / Published: 21 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2016)

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The Internet of Energy (IoE) represents a novel paradigm where electrical power systems work cooperatively with smart devices to increase the visibility of energy consumption and create safer, cleaner and sustainable energy systems. The implementation of IoE services involves the use of multiple components, like embedded systems, power electronics or sensors, which are an essential part of the infrastructure dedicated to the generation and distribution energy and the one required by the final consumer. This article focuses on the latter and presents a smart socket system that collects the information about energy price and makes use of sensors and actuators to optimize home energy consumption according to the user preferences. Specifically, this article provides three main novel contributions. First, what to our knowledge is the first hardware prototype that manages in a practical real-world scenario the price values obtained from a public electricity operator is presented. The second contribution is related to the definition of a novel wireless sensor network communications protocol based on Wi-Fi that allows for creating an easy-to-deploy smart plug system that self-organizes and auto-configures to collect the sensed data, minimizing user intervention. Third, it is provided a thorough description of the design of one of the few open-source smart plug systems, including its communications architecture, the protocols implemented, the main sensing and actuation components and the most relevant pieces of the software. Moreover, with the aim of illustrating the capabilities of the smart plug system, the results of different experiments performed are shown. Such experiments evaluate in real-world scenarios the system’s ease of use, its communications range and its performance when using HTTPS. Finally, the economic savings are estimated for different appliances, concluding that, in the practical situation proposed, the smart plug system allows certain energy-demanding appliances to save almost €70 per year. View Full-Text
Keywords: IoT; IoE; smart plug; energy monitoring; electricity-price awareness; home automation; power demand; HEMS IoT; IoE; smart plug; energy monitoring; electricity-price awareness; home automation; power demand; HEMS
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Blanco-Novoa, Ó.; Fernández-Caramés, T.M.; Fraga-Lamas, P.; Castedo, L. An Electricity Price-Aware Open-Source Smart Socket for the Internet of Energy. Sensors 2017, 17, 643.

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