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Smart Energy

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Mattern
Verena Tiefenbeck

Where and when:

Wednesday, 13:15 – 15:00, CLA E 4 (Link to course catalogue)


The lecture covers the role of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable energy usage. It outlines concepts of the emerging smart grid as well as approaches to motivate sustainable consumer choices. For that it combines technologies from ubiquitous computing and traditional ICT with insights from socio-psychological research and illustrates these concepts with examples from actual applications.

Specific topics include:

  • Background on energy generation and consumption; characteristics, potential, and limitations of renewable energy sources.
  • Introduction to energy economics.
  • Smart grid and smart metering infrastructures, virtual power plants, security challenges.
  • Demand management and home automation using ubiquitous computing technologies.
  • Changing consumer behavior with smart ICT.
  • Benefits and challenges of a smart energy system.


Participants become familiar with the challenges related to sustainable energy usage, understand the principles of a smart grid infrastructure and its applications, know the role of ubiquitous computing technologies, can explain the challenges regarding security and privacy, can reflect the basics cues to induce changes in consumer behavior, develop a general understanding of the effects of a smart grid infrastructure on energy efficiency, and know how to apply the learning to related design projects.


The lecture will also include interactive exercises, case studies and practical examples.


Learning Material:

Lecture Date Slides Content
1 17.09.2014 Smart-Energy-14-01.pdf Energy and electricity: energy sources, energy usage, trends
2 24.09.2014 Smart-Energy-14-02.pdf Production, consumption, and cost of energy
3 01.10.2014 Smart-Energy-14-03.pdf Electricity generation & greenhouse gases
4 08.10.2014 Smart-Energy-14-04.pdf More on electricity: macroeconomic issues & the power grid
5 15.10.2014 Smart-Energy-14-05.pdf Energy for ICT
6 22.10.2014 Smart-Energy-14-06.pdf Smart grid, electricity storage, smart metering
7 29.10.2014 Smart-Energy-14-07.pdf
Smart metering: State of deployment and cost-benefit analysis
8 05.11.2014 Smart-Energy-14-08.pdf
ICT for behavior change
9 12.11.2014 Smart-Energy-14-09.pdf Smart meter acceptance issues & non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM)
10 19.11.2014 Smart-Energy-14-10.pdf Smart grid II, grid security
11 26.11.2014 Smart-Energy-14-11-part1.pdf
Grid security II, smart grid project
12 03.12.2014 Smart-Energy-14-12.pdf acatech study "Future Energy Grid", student presentations
13 10.12.2014 Smart-Energy-14-13.pdf Smart heating
14 17.12.2014 Smart-Energy-14-14.pdf Smart heating (part 2), rebound effects


If you have questions regarding the lecture, please contact Christian Beckel.
ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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