Building Energy Management Capabilities

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

A home energy display being installed at a field deployment site.

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.