Building Energy Management Capabilities
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Field-Testing to Validate Real-World Energy Savings and Customer Acceptance
- Design experiments to evaluate real-world effectiveness of building technology
- Recruit and manage large samples of households
- Install products in the building
- Deploy comprehensive, non-intrusive in-home sensors and data acquisition systems
- Perform behavioral analysis to assess product acceptance (e.g., energy savings potential, product effectiveness)
- Evaluation of energy savings
Energy Modeling to Assess Energy Savings
- Accurately evaluate energy savings associated with scale deployment of your product to credibly enhance marketing
- Extend field results to reflect a wider range of buildings, climates, demographics, and human behavioral patterns
- Evaluate how behavior influences heating, cooling, and lighting energy use
Optimization of Usability and Interface Design
- Perform usability assessment of key product functions
- Evaluate the desirability of product features with target customer groups (e.g., income, education, household size, user preferences)
- Develop tailored persuasive communication strategies: behavioral feedback and recommendations/tips
Smart Meter Data Algorithms
Fraunhofer develops algorithms to turn electricity consumption data into actionable information for utilities, homeowners, and building managers.
- Fraunhofer CSE's patented non-intrusive appliance load monitoring (NIALM) is a way for homeowners and building managers to monitor energy consumption on an appliance-by-appliance basis without having to install dedicated sensors across an entire house or commercial building.
- Our patent-pending propensity algorithm analyzes building electricity consumption to accurately predict what households are most likely to enroll in energy efficiency and demand response programs.