The project will be implemented in 4 phases with distinct activities and objectives.
Phase 1: Individual software applications development
To accomplish this phase, a user survey will first be conducted to collect detailed information on users’ motivational drivers for energy behavioural change. The results from the survey will feed into the development work of several software applications: Users’ profiling application; User’s segmentation application; Automation manager application; Load disaggregation application; Net load forecasting application; Occupancy forecasting application; Behaviour predictor application; Energy manager application.
Phase 2: Applications integration in the energy efficiency platform and digital marketplace development
Despite being capable of operating independently from each other, the developed applications will be integrated under a unified platform – the integrated ICT-based platform for energy efficiency – where several interactions between the applications are envisaged with the aim of optimising energy savings without compromising comfort levels.
The integrated platform will have an interactive GUI – the building manager GUI – through which building managers will be capable of controlling simultaneously the personalized engagement and feedback messages sent to users, and the set points sent to flexible devices available in individual buildings or blocks of buildings. The gamification platform will also have a dedicated GUI – the user interactive GUI – through which users can receive tailor-made messages and access to comprehensive dashboards to feedback and compare in a straightforward manner their energy efficiency performance with their peers.
Phase 3: Demonstration
The third phase will be dedicated to the demonstration of the ICT-based solutions developed. During the initial phase of the project, the existing metering infrastructure in the buildings will be used to create rigorous 1-year baselines and models of existing energy consumption (prior to the 1-year demonstration stage) to enable a clear quantification of the energy savings and subsequent reduction of CO2 emissions delivered by the project’s interventions. The sensors required to create rigorous 1-year baselines of comfort levels and indoor air quality will be installed at the beginning of the project to enable a clear quantification of the changes induced by the solutions developed, during the second and subsequent year of the project.
Phase 4: Impact assessment and replicability
This phase will be dedicated to the analysis of the project impacts in the demonstrators and of the replicability and commercial potential of the solutions developed. Strategies to foster market uptake of solutions developed will also be analysed. All interventions will be evaluated through rigorous evaluation protocols, monitoring programs and evaluation plans to assess the performance of the solutions envisaged.
These analyses will be carried out not only from a technical perspective, but also from the adequateness of the business models proposed, which are expected to have a good return on investment and short-term payback assured by the energy savings achieved. The market roll-out of the solutions developed are therefore expected to follow a natural but accelerated process, while the replication plans will be designed to assure awareness of the solutions is widespread and deployment can be readily achieved at EU scale.
Expected Project Outcomes
FEEdBACk will contribute to a reduction of final energy consumption and subsequent reduction of CO2 emissions by developing, integrating and testing energy-ICT applications with the aim to:
- Stimulate energy efficiency through behavioural change and user engagement
- Understand and empathize with user interests and needs
- Foster energy saving awareness.
The project will use insights from social and behavioural sciences to maximize permanent behavioural change. Innovative methodologies to characterize and cluster buildings’ users taking into account demographic, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental factors. These methodologies will allow the definition of unique users’ profiles, linked to motivational drivers for energy efficiency, and creating groups of users with similar characteristics, so tailor-made actions can be specifically designed and implemented in each target group.
In-JeT’s role in the project
In-JeT will be involved on defining societal and motivational drives and perform the planned validation activities of user’s behavioural changes. In-JeT will conduct the user survey to investigate the motivational drivers that support behavioural change of end-users. The results will be used to develop the User Profile application and the User Segmentation application, and will also feed into the Behaviour Prediction application.
In-JeT will also lead the behavioural change assessment work. This work will be used to assess the sustainability and future applicability of the FEEdBACk solution. Moreover, an analysis will be done on future trends in demand response and the corresponding impacts on users’ behaviour.
Finally, In-JeT has a main role in analysing the ethical aspects of the project and providing advice on how to manage user participation in the demonstrations in the compliance with legal and ethical requirements.