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The overall objective of this research is to evaluate the feasibility of using network technologies and sensor devices now being used in telecommunications, to create an “Energy Network” in a real life pilot setting and then study the potential impact on user behaviour leading to reductions in, and shifts in patterns of, loads of electricity. The nature of this research requires a multidisciplinary team with researchers from diverse disciplines of Engineering, Economics and Psychology at the University of Surrey. The team draws on experience from numerous national and international projects which were carried out in the past or are currently ongoing. In the following we highlight the relevant experience of each of the involved research center and the experts involved in this research.

 

University of Surrey - Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR)

 

The Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR) is a Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS), the University of Surrey, UK. CCSR is one of four centres in the EE Department which has consistently achieved top RAE rating and came second in the UK in the RAE 2008. The research group has extensive expertise in communication networking and has proven expertise in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks, which is highly relevant to the proposed research activity. The group was selected by the UK industry to be a core member of the UK Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Personal Communications and has been in all core research programmes since its inception in 1997. CCSR was an active partner in the £6.2m EPSRC portfolio grant which produced a ‘Guardian Angel’ demonstrator test bed using remote patient medical sensors connected wirelessly to a service platform mounted on CCSR’s Wireless test bed. The centre was also involved in a Wireless Efficiency Programme jointly funded by MVCE and EPSRC. Currently the group (with Principle and Co-investigators of this proposal) is actively involved in EPSRC-DST funded “Self Organising Networks” research theme for the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks Systems and Services. This theme will look at self organising and self learning networks with general objectives while this research programme will more specifically focus on the self learning for energy monitoring smart network. The research group has also been significantly involved in the definition and execution of EU FP5, 6, and 7 projects where E-SENSE and SENSEI projects provided relevant expertise for the sensor networking and middleware design for autonomous and intelligent sensor networks. Further details about CCSR are available at http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/CCSR/

 

 

University of Surrey - Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES)

 

CES is an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, integrating strong, engineering-based approaches with insights from the social sciences. CES is involved in a number of projects analysing contributions that customers and responsive demand can make towards more flexible, lower carbon energy systems: EPSRC/E.ON’s “Transition pathways to a Low Carbon Economy” consortium; EPSRC SUE’s “Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for Neighborhoods” and “Ashford's Integrated Alternatives” consortiums; EPSRC SUPERGEN’s “FlexNet” consortium. CES also leads the RESOLVE team, focusing on the implications of a low carbon energy society and technological innovation in stimulating long-term lifestyle change, and will be leading a new consortium on “Sustainable Behaviours” expected to be funded by DEFRA. http://www.ces-surrey.org.uk/

 

 University of Surrey - Environmental Psychology Research Group (EPRG)

 

The EPRG has an international reputation in research and teaching. The Group undertakes research for the EU, UK Research Councils, Government Departments and its agencies, industry and commerce and the charitable sectors. David Uzzell and Birgitta Gatersleben are co-investigator of the ESRC funded RESOLVE programme (Research on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment). The multidisciplinary programme includes researchers and academic staff from a range of academic backgrounds including environmental sciences, sociology, psychology and economics. RESOLVE aims to unravel the complex links between lifestyles, values and the energy. RESOLVE specifically examines the household perspective on energy use.

Reshaping Energy Demands Using ICT