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Study and development of different technologies for energy management and automation in residential installations

Grant number: 18/11643-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Power Systems
Principal researcher:Fernando Pinhabel Marafão
Grantee:Marcella de Sant' Ana
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Sorocaba. Sorocaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/08645-9 - Interdisciplinary research activities in electric smart grids, AP.TEM


Considering the increasing use of renewable energy sources in residential installations, especially PV sources through micro generators, as well as the use of residential automation techniques (home automation), this project focuses the study of different technologies and methods of automation, which can be used in energy management, aiming at the more efficient use of electric, with consequent reduction of expenses for the consumer. In this context, load disaggregation techniques, especially the non-intrusive methods (NILM) that are being developed by the Automation and Integrated Systems Group (GASI) of UNESP/Sorocaba will be studied. Mostly, the project aims to prepare the student to approach issues related to energy management in smart grids, especially in the context of residential microgeneration facilities and with automatic control of loads and other sub circuits of the installation. After the studying the related literature and technologies available in the market, a computational model will be developed to evaluate and propose different strategies for the active control of energy consumption as a function of pre-defined parameters and the dynamic characterization of the loads in operation. It is believed that the work may indicate for future contributions in the area, in addition to contributing significantly to the student's training in subjects related to the course of Control and Automation Engineering. It is worth mentioning that the project is related to other FAPESP (Tematico) project on smart grids and it will be the first study of the GASI/UNESP regarding the use of active (intrusive) technologies for the control and management of energy in residential installations.