Final iURBAN Workshops in Rijeka and Plovdiv in April 2016
- Participating partners:
- Fraunhofer ISE, ENERGO, Grad Rijeka, EVN TP, EAP
- April 2016
- Rijeka (Croatia) / Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
- Description of
Mid April, iURBAN partners invited Plovdiv and Rijeka citizens and organisations to report their stories of what iURBAN means to them. For a period of 6 months, residential users were being equipped with a software tool to monitor energy consumption (Rijeka and Plovdiv) and to participate in demand response programmes for peak load shaving (Rijeka). Public users and companies were equipped with software solutions to monitor production and consumption and to review energy management for various buildings.
In an open discussions, users reported their experience and suggestions for further improvement. Here are some examples of what users had to say:
The municipality of Rijeka: The project allows the momentary defining of consumption and faster detection of problems, and thus faster accession to the elimination of the same.
Tracking consumption itself allows correction of our behavior as the end user in order to reduce energy consumption.
Sports facility: I use the system. It is transparent and all the feedback data are provided. It also provides successful control of the consumption of energy, so I can react promptly in case of any significant deviation from the normal, everyday consumption.
Residential user: I was pleased with the level of temperature control from a remote place and and I regularly used that possibility. The control system was working as expected.
During the test period there were a lot of technical flaws to application that were promptly dealed with due to the excellent response of the “support”.
Residential User: I have not been using the software, because of problem using the computer
- Objectives of the workshop:
- To make participants more familiar with the topic heating with gas and energy efficiency as well as introducing the iURBAN project to them
- To exchange of gas using practices of people in their own homes
- To gain a better understanding of their thoughts on possibilities to enhance energy efficiency with behavioural change and information and communication technology
- To start discussing and outlining the motivating aspects that could trigger active changes in behaviour
- Discussing which information and communication channels could support increasing their energy efficient behaviours in their every-day lives
- Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
• In a co-working process, participants were able to report their experience and suggestions for further improvement
• The complete analysis will be available in July 2016. “ Author: Kristin Goldbach, Fraunhofer ISE – Working group: User behaviour and field trials