innovative aspects of the SPARCS Human-Centric Energy Management Application and its enriched behavioural-based visualisation framework, really sets it apart.
For instance, our visualisation application fits itself to the needs of the end users. Many available apps in the domain offer no customisation to the specific user characteristics, while in the SPARCS project, different features are taking into account the end user setup and perspective, offering personalised informative billing and notifications. At the same time, accurate comfort profiles are created based on data analytics performed on the available information provided by the end users.
On top of the energy related information (which is the typical information provided by similar apps) additional context and business-related information is visualised through the app. Through the utilisation of sensors, the presentation of conditions and related room, apartment and building information is visualised, to address the specific project features and relevant requirements. The SPARCS Human-Centric Energy Management Application is not envisioned as a pure energy management application, but rather as a holistic building management concept, providing customised information in a personalised way.
Utilising data analytics, a forecasting mechanism for the operator/producer of thermal energy in connection to the thermal energy production of the solar thermal system will be offered, facilitating energy cost reduction for both sides involved and also helping to minimise CO2 emissions due to clever consumption and to potential shift to periods of high CO2-friendly production.
Alternative dynamic tariff schemes can be produced based on the analysis of available data. These can then be potentially applied towards customers. Through the application, consumers will be (at specific time periods) surveyed with regards to their willingness to modify their consumption to indirectly test and validate the applicability and acceptance of such alternative dynamic tariff schemes.