Special Issue "Smart Home Energy Management"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016)
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Pau
Prof. Dr. Mario Collotta
Prof. Dr. Jiahu Qin
Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230027, China
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Interests: consensus and coordination in multi-agent systems; distributed control of large-scale complex systems; complex network theory and its application; security and privacy in cyber-physical systems
In recent years, smart homes have attracted more interest from the research community. The main reason is that the use of modern automation technology in the home promises considerable savings of energy, therefore, simultaneously reducing the operational costs of the building over its whole lifecycle. However, the full potential of smart homes still lies fallow, due to the complexity and diversity of the systems, as well as the frequent problem of suboptimal control strategies. As a consequence, the energy consumption is still higher than actually necessary and users are unable to yield full comfort in their automated homes. For this reason, new solutions and approaches are needed in order to address the requirements imposed by the smart home energy management systems, through the development of smart solutions, intelligent algorithms and novel network paradigms.
We are inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of “Smart Home Energy Management”. A smart home is a residential dwelling, in some cases with a garden or an outdoor space, equipped with sensors and actuators to collect data and send controls according to the activities and expectations of the occupants/users. Home automation provides a centralized or distributed control of electrical appliances. Adding intelligence to the home environment, it would be possible to obtain, not only excellent levels of comfort, but also energy savings both inside the dwelling and also outside, for instance using smart solutions for the management of the external lights and of the garden. This Special Issue solicits the submission of high-quality and unpublished papers that aim to solve open technical problems and challenges typical of smart home energy management systems, integrating novel solutions efficiently, and focusing on performance evaluations and comparisons with existing standards. Both theoretical and experimental studies for typical smart homes scenarios are encouraged. Furthermore, high-quality reviews and survey papers are also welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Pau
Prof. Dr. Mario Collotta
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ruano
Prof. Dr. Jiahu Qin
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- energy management systems and networks for smart home
- improving energy efficiency in smart homes
- demand-side applications
- distributed wireless sensors for smart energy management
- smart grids
- deadline-aware application for energy smart home control
- energy-aware home area networks
- smart metering management systems
- time-of-use and real-time pricing applications
- green communications for smart home
- innovative solutions for eco-homes with greenhouse
- smart energy solutions for home and garden
- energy saving approaches and solutions
- use of alternative energy sources (photovoltaic, wind, )
- distributed control and optimization in smart energy management
- decision making in smart energy management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: An Experimental Study of Electric Power’s Dynamic Pricing Impacts on Consumer Behavior: An Analysis for a Remote Islands in Japan
Author: Thoa Thi Kim Nguyen, Koji Shimada, Yuki Ochi, Takuya Matsumoto, Hiroshi Matsugi and Takao Awata
Affiliation: Faculty of Economics, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
Abstract: The aim of this research is to investigate how consumers change their behavior after applying dynamic pricing and the persistence of those changes. A new approach of experimental design was introduced to assess whether habit formation (persistence) occurs. Based on analysis results, the authors also provides policy implications of demand management, to shift consumption to days that have more solar radiation, and, at the same time, to reduce the whole consumption. The dynamic pricing experiment was implemented in Nushima Island, located in the center of Japan, with the participation of 50 households. The experiment was conducted in the summer period (from September 1 to September 14, 2015), and in the winter period (from January 19 to February 1, 2016). At the beginning of the experiment, each participating household was allocated 7,000 points, and then the given points were deducted according to their electric power consumption. At the end of the experiment, the participating households could exchange the remaining balance of points into cash. The methodologies used in this work are panel analysis with random effects, and difference in differences method. Several regression models are used to predict hourly electricity consumption from a number of independent variables, such as hourly effects as life-style factors, the frequency of access to the visualization website, control for weather factors (wind speed and temperatures), and other attributes of the households to predict the log of hourly electric power consumption. The results show that although the participants were hardly responsive to changes in subtraction rate, dynamic pricing brought about 13.8% reduction of electric power consumption in comparison with the pre-experiment period. After the intervention, the summer treatment group continued curtailing load by 14.1%. Also, by applying a new approach in experimental design, this study finds supportive data for a habit formation of participants. Those findings may help develop a policy for sustainable energy conservation in remote islands.
Title: Drinking Water from Air Conditioning System: First Evaluations for a More Sustainable Use of Resources
Authors: A. Magrini, L. Cattani, M. Cartesegna and L. Magnani
Affiliation: Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Italy
Abstract: The water vapor condensation in the HVAC system chillers can be employed to increase the sustainable use of resources by using the condensed water for domestic consumption. Preliminary investigation on a design of an integrated HVAC system for the air conditioning of a hotel combined with water production is presented. The first paths of the design are described aiming at maximizing the water production and to use the cooled and dehumidified air for air conditioning. The calculations are referred to the climatic conditions of the Arab Emirates coast. The study of the suitable climatic conditions for this application is outlined. The preliminary calculations show that the water produced by condensation can support quite half of the hotel needs. Moreover, to be efficiently used for various destinations, its treatment could be finalized to produce drinking water.
Title: Performance and Cost-energy Evaluation of a Full-Duplex Visible Light Communication System for Smart Home Technologies
Authors: Muhammad Tabish Niaz, Fatima Imdad, Hyung Seok Kim
Affiliation: Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Sejong University, South Korea
Abstract: Visible light communication (VLC) has gained huge attention in both academics and industry lately. VLC has great potential to be a supplementary technology to the upcoming radio frequency (RF) based 5G networks. It is best suited for home/office and commercial indoor environments as it provides high bandwidth, high data rate and the visible light spectrum is free to use. This paper proposes a full duplex VLC system using red, green, and blue (RGB) and white light emitting diodes (LEDs) for smart home technologies. It utilizes RGB LEDs for downlink and simple phosphor white LED for uplink. The red and green color bands are used for user data and smart devices respectively, while the blue band filter is used with white LED for uplink. The occlusion problem is also solved by introducing various types of communication modes: direct, indirect and mixed modes to facilitate uninterrupted communication. The simulation was carried out to verify the performance of the proposed full duplex VLC system. In addition to the performance evaluation, a cost-energy analysis was performed by comparing the energy consumption and cost of the proposed VLC system with traditional Wi-Fi based system and hybrid VLC - Wi-Fi based system. Based on our findings, the proposed system improved the performance with respect to the data rate and BER, while also keeping the energy consumption and cost at a minimum. These results have demonstrated that a full duplex VLC system is a feasible solution and has paved the way for greater cost saving and energy efficiency when compared to traditional Wi-Fi and hybrid VLC - Wi-Fi based system for indoor environments.