Smart home : energy management system for demand side management

Du Plessis, D. ; Randewijk, P. J. (2014-12)

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Du Plessis, D. & Randewijk, P. J. 2014. Smart home: Energy management system for demand side management, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on the use of Mobile Informations and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa UMICTA 2014, 9-10 December 2014, STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, South Africa, ISBN: 978-0-7972-1533-7.

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With South Africa’s energy grid currently under severe pressure due to a lack of planning, electricity prices have escalated. This has forced consumers to look toward finding innovative ways to reduce their consumption. The aim of this research project was to create a system that assists in the reduction of household power consumption by simplifying the process of power saving. This is done by enabling consumers to remotely monitor and control their household devices. To achieve this goal, a power management system was designed that consists of a Beaglebone black, the main electronic controller, and a circuit for measurement and control. The measurement circuit measures the power consumption, it is then sent to Trintel’s SMART Platform enables users to remotely monitor and control the devices by using a web-based interactive graphical user interface.

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