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J. N. Louis, E. Pongrácz and K. Leiviskä, "The trade-off between technology deployment and enviro-economic benefits in smart buildings," 2015 12th International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM), Lisbon, 2015, pp. 1-5., doi: 10.1109/EEM.2015.7216691

The trade-off between technology deployment and enviro-economic benefits in smart buildings

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Author: Louis, Jean-Nicolas1; Pongrácz, Eva1; Leiviskä, Kauko2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu Thule Institute, NorTech Oulu Oulu, Finland
2University of Oulu Control Engineering Laboratory Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2015
Publish Date: 2017-03-09


Smart grids are meant to reach multiple goals such as leveling the electricity demand profile, reducing electricity consumption and increasing the energy efficiency of the electrical grid. Smart buildings play an important role in achieving these goals. With an increased number of measuring and controlling tools, new problems also arise, such as their economic and environmental impacts, juxtaposed to the levels of savings achieved by them. This research investigated the impact of home automation on electricity consumption, related CO₂ emissions and costs. A smart building model with its appliances and different number of inhabitants was used along with eight electricity contracts and four different technology systems deployed. The results showed that a fully deployed automation system may be counterproductive, as the electricity need of the system may exceed the savings achieved by it. Therefore, a careful selection of the appliances to be used should be performed.

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Series: International Conference on the European Energy Market
ISSN: 2165-4077
ISSN-E: 2165-4093
ISSN-L: 2165-4077
ISBN: 978-1-4673-6691-5
Issue: CFP-1552D-USB
DOI: 10.1109/EEM.2015.7216691
Conference: International Conference on the European Energy Market
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
218 Environmental engineering
511 Economics
Funding: The Thule Institute Research Programme is acknowledged for financing this research.
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