Title: Development of an Open-Source Smart Energy House for K-12 Education
Authors: Geth, Frederik
Verveckken, Jan
Leemput, Niels
Van Roy, Juan
Beerten, Jef
Tielens, Pieter
De Smedt, Valentijn
Iacovella, Sandro
Hunyadi, Borbála
Koolen, Ninah
De Clercq, Hans
Gielen, Georges
Puers, Bob
Van Huffel, Sabine
Belmans, Ronnie
Deconinck, Geert
Dehaene, Wim
Driesen, Johan
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2013
Host Document: Proc. IEEE Power and Energy Society Annual Meeting pages:1-5
Conference: IEEE PES General Meeting 2013 location:Vancouver, Canada date:21-25 July 2013
Abstract: Energy consumption in buildings represents about one-third of the worldwide energy consumption. Consumers often are not fully aware of energy-conserving measures they could take. Intelligent control of the heating and lighting systems in buildings is one way to increase energy-efficiency. Children and young adults influence domestic energy consumption, by using appliances such as TV and lighting. Often, they are not aware of the costs incurred. The goal of this research is to develop a educational platform for energy efficiency education aimed towards the full age range of K-12 education. A scaled model of a house is used, to explain the energy flows in the residential setting, well-known by the target audience. A model house is designed, with actual loads, using an Arduino Uno electronics platform as an interface to a PC. A reference program in the integrated development environment S4A allows visualizing the energy consumption in a simple manner. The children control a number of scaled household appliances interactively. A survey with the first 25 children (aged 10-12) suggests higher awareness of energy consumption.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:ESAT - ELECTA, Electrical Energy Computer Architectures
ESAT - MICAS, Microelectronics and Sensors
ESAT - STADIUS, Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics

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