The Residential Load Monitoring Project aims to improve energy consumers’ knowledge of their consumption by placing simple instrumentation sensor nodes around the home combined with “smart agents” to manage timing of energy use vs. price. UCSC CITRIS provided laboratory space to this group. Professor Mantey provided direction and partial funding (via a 2008 CITRIS Seed grant for Modeling Electrical Usage in Residential Load Groups that funded the work of Professor Auslander, UC Berkeley, and that of Professor Mantey). Work at UC Santa Cruz has included a “senior design project” of students in SOE to design and build the sensors and system for this work.
As the U.S. continues in its shift from a manufacturing to a services oriented economy, engineering education must respond.
In electricity grids, demand response (DR) changes the traditional way that customers consume electricity.
This project is helping to determine how to best implement building-to-grid communication with a “smart” electric grid.