Tiree energy pulse:exploring renewable energy forecasts on the edge of the grid

Simm, William and Ferrario, Maria Angela and Newman, Peter and Friday, Adrian and Forshaw, Stephen and Hazas, Mike and Dix, Alan (2015) Tiree energy pulse:exploring renewable energy forecasts on the edge of the grid. In: CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press, New York, pp. 1965-1974. ISBN 9781450331456

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Abstract

In many parts of the world, the electricity supply industry makes the task of dealing with unpredictable spikes and dips in production and demand invisible to consumers, maintaining a seemingly unlimited supply. A future increase in reliance on time-variable renewable sources of electricity may lead to greater fluctuations in supply. We engaged remote islanders as equal partners in a research project that investigated through technology-mediated enquiry the topic of synchronising energy consumption with supply, and together built a prototype renewable energy forecast display. A number of participants described a change in their practices, saving high energy tasks for times when local renewable energy was expected to be available, despite having no financial incentive to do so. The main contributions of this paper are in: 1) the results of co-development sessions exploring systems supporting synchronising consumption with supply and 2) the findings arising from the deployment of the prototype.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Additional Information: © ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702285
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 72678
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2015 09:36
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2019 01:40
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72678

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