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Special Issue "Volume II: Smart Home Energy Management"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Pau

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Enna 94100, Italy
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Interests: wireless sensor networks; internet of things; home automation; green communications
Guest Editor
Dr. Antonio Ruano

Faculty of Science & Technology, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: computational intelligence; intelligent control; wireless sensor networks
Guest Editor
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

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, smart homes have attracted more interest from the research community. The main reason is that the use of modern automation technologies in homes ensures significant savings of energy, therefore, simultaneously overcoming the operational costs of the building over its whole life cycle.

As it is known, 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. 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 the garden, adding intelligence to the home environment.

Nevertheless, 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 to address the requirements imposed by the smart home energy management systems, through the development of smart solutions, intelligent algorithms, and novel network paradigms.

Considering that different problems must still be resolved, we are inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on “Volume II: Smart Home Energy Management.” More in detail, 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
Dr. Antonio Ruano
Prof. Dr. Jiahu Qin
Guest Editors

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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, etc.)
  • distributed control and optimization in smart energy management
  • decision making in smart energy management

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Open AccessArticle Multi-Agent Recommendation System for Electrical Energy Optimization and Cost Saving in Smart Homes
Energies 2019, 12(7), 1317; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12071317
Received: 5 February 2019 / Revised: 26 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 5 April 2019
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The European Union Establishes that for the next few years, a cleaner and more efficient energy system should be used. In order to achieve this, this work proposes an energy optimization method that facilitates the achievement of these objectives. Existing technologies allow us [...] Read more.
The European Union Establishes that for the next few years, a cleaner and more efficient energy system should be used. In order to achieve this, this work proposes an energy optimization method that facilitates the achievement of these objectives. Existing technologies allow us to create a system that optimizes the use of energy in homes and offers some type of benefit to its residents. Specifically, this study has developed a recommendation system based on a multiagent system that allows to obtain consumption data from electronic devices in a home, obtain information on electricity prices from the Internet, and provide recommendations based on consumption patterns of users and electricity prices. In this way, the system recommends new hours in which to use the appliances, offering the economic benefit that it would propose recommendations for the user. In this way, it is possible to distribute and optimize the use of energy in homes and reduce the peaks in electricity consumption. The system provides encouraging results in order to resolve the problem proposed by the European Union by optimizing the use of energy among different hours of the day and saving money for the customer. Full article
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