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RESPOND in the News: ALBOA Magazine spotlights the project

The “Alboa Inside” magazine spotlighted RESPOND project in December’s 2018 issue:

ALBOA Inside December

Here’s the article translated:

20 homes in Vejlby Vest peeking into the future

Text and photo by Martin Crab, ALBOA

In Vejlby Vest measures and analyzes ALBOA and AURA now just 20 families ' energy
consumption. The mapping must show the way into the future, we have to face.

Imagine that you get a sms with this wording:

“It will be a sunny day tomorrow. You can save money if you wait to start me to 12 noon. If you would, that I should just start even. Best wishes, your washing machine”

It might seem like something from the distant future, but the future is becoming a reality in Vejlby
Vest. Here are ALBOA and energy company AURA for set up a forest of gauges and sensors in 20
families’ homes. On the way, ALBOA and AURA over the next years accurately measure, weigh
and analyze familiess’ consumption of electricity and heat.

Energy must be used

As it probably is most familiar, so you cannot put power and heat in the Bank. The type of energy
should preferably be used, when it is there. Or as Knud Jensen, senior advisor at AURA, explains
it.

In the old days came the electricity from a power plant that could screw up and down depending
on demand. That is not the case anymore. Today, a large proportion of electricity comes from wind
and solar power. It is small and decentralised sources, which produces, when wind and solar are
present. Here is Vejlby Vest especially interesting because the Department has one of the nation’s
largest solar PV system, which sometimes produce so much power that it smoking out on the net.

International project
Project in Vejlby Vest is part of an EU project, where similar trials are under way in Spain and
Ireland. The aim of the project is not so much to get people to save energy. The purpose is rather
to create systems which encourages us to use energy only when it is present in the form of wind
and Sun.

Project is basically shifting the consumption, but first we need to know the current consumption, explains Knud Jensen.

Nudging

In the year ahead mapped ALBOA and AURA minutely, how consumers behave today. In concrete
terms, this means that there now is set on all appliances and meters to sensors detects
temperature and moisture. Each accommodation has also been a central box, which brings
together all the information and sends them to study.

When we have accumulated knowledge about the current consumption patterns, we will begin
gently pushing for residents’ behaviour. What happens if we can provide you with information
about that there are inexpensive power tomorrow? Do you want to wait to start the washing
machine? If it is cheap to heat the House up, while you’re at work, and then let temperature valleys
for the rest of the day and into the night, you’re so willing to let your intelligent house control the
heat? If you make the electric car when you get home, maybe even the ensures to find out when
it's best to leave it up. How responsive the residents at all of these options? That is what we should
see in the coming years.

Voxpop

Louise Pedersen, 36 years, resident

How did you feel about joining the project?

I’m actually really happy to be with. I believe it is important to understand how ordinary consumer
habits can be optimized. So we can use our resources in the best possible way.

Why you said yes to participate?

There are many opportunities in technology to change people’s habits. I myself am a psychologist,
and by nudging is a good technique, which can change basic patterns. Many people do not have
the resources and oversight to do the right thing. It requires surplus to make the right decisions.
Good intentions are not the same, as that necessarily makes it.