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Smart Energy

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Mattern
Dr. Verena Tiefenbeck
Dr. Vlad Coroama

Where and when:

Wednesday, 13:15 – 16:00, (Link to course catalogue)

Content

The lecture covers the role of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable energy usage. It starts out with a general background on the current landscape of energy generation and consumption and outlines concepts of the emerging smart grid. The lecture combines technologies from ubiquitous computing and traditional ICT with socio-economic and behavioral aspects and illustrates them with examples from actual applications..inf.ethz.ch

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.
  • Smart heating, electric mobility.

Goals

Participants become familiar with the diverse 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 on the basic cues to induce changes in consumer behavior, develop a general understanding of the effects of a smart grid infrastructure on energy efficiency. Participants will apply the learnings to two course-accompanying projects, which include both programming and data analysis. The lecture further includes interactive exercises, case studies and practical examples.

Projects and Grading

The lecture will also include smaller interactive exercises as well as two larger projects. The first, larger project will start in the 2nd week of the semester and run until the 8th-9th week; the second, smaller project will last for the remaining 5-6 weeks of the semester. They both represent compulsory continuous performance assessment tasks (i.e., ‘obligatorische Leistungselemente’), and are awarded grades that count proportionally towards the total course-unit grade. Not taking part in either or both of the projects yields a grade of 1.0 for the project(s) in question.

Overall grading: 20% for the first practical group project; 10% for the second project; 70% oral exam.

Literature

Learning Material

Matlab
Lecture Date Slides Content
1 19.09.2018 SmartEnergy-Lecture-18-1.pdf
SmartEnergy-Lecture_Projects-Intro.pdf
Introduction: Energy and Electricity, Energy Usage
2 26.09.2018
3 03.10.2018
4 10.10.2018
5 17.10.2018
6 24.10.2018
7 31.10.2018
8 07.11.2018
9 14.11.2018
10 21.11.2018
11 28.11.2018
12 05.12.2018
13 12.12.2018
14 19.12.2018

Contact

If you have questions regarding the lecture, please contact Vlad Coroama.
ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
Last updated September 24 2018 10:38:24 AM MET vc