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Italian Household Load Profiles: A Monitoring Campaign

Power System Development Department, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico—RSE S.p.A., via Rubattino 54, 20134 Milan, Italy
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Buildings 2020, 10(12), 217;
Received: 27 October 2020 / Revised: 22 November 2020 / Accepted: 25 November 2020 / Published: 27 November 2020
The increasing share of renewable energy sources on the supply side, as well as the so-called electrification pathways on the demand side, has led to peculiar challenges for electrical systems: Indeed, the increasing load demand has to be balanced from the supply-side viewpoint. In particular, the residential sector contributes to nearly 26% of the final energy consumption in Europe, suggesting that a further understanding of households’ consumptions and load profiles is needed to support an energy transition. In this context, this paper contributes to the existing discussion by proposing a sociodemographic analysis of Italian households’ load profiles using a smart metering experimental study, while also considering the households in energy poverty conditions. For the sake of generality, results are presented based on a previously proposed household segmentation of the Italian residential sector. The outcomes point out three prominent peaks on load profiles for all the identified clusters, with a notable distinction in intensity. Where children are present, a higher load profile is noted, reaching a maximum value of 600 W of absorbed power between 19:30 and 22:30. Conversely, households in an energy poverty condition show a relatively regular load profile, ranging from a minimum of 110 W of absorbed power in baseload conditions at night time to a maximum of 280 W in the evening hours. The findings in this paper are in agreement with existing research in the field, and accordingly the study proposes a better focus on domestic appliances and sociodemographic parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: residential electricity load profiles; household segmentation; electric appliances residential electricity load profiles; household segmentation; electric appliances
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Besagni, G.; Premoli Vilà, L.; Borgarello, M. Italian Household Load Profiles: A Monitoring Campaign. Buildings 2020, 10, 217.

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Besagni G, Premoli Vilà L, Borgarello M. Italian Household Load Profiles: A Monitoring Campaign. Buildings. 2020; 10(12):217.

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Besagni, Giorgio; Premoli Vilà, Lidia; Borgarello, Marco. 2020. "Italian Household Load Profiles: A Monitoring Campaign" Buildings 10, no. 12: 217.

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