252-3610-00L  Smart Energy

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersF. Mattern, V. C. Coroama
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractThe lecture covers the role of ICT for sustainable energy usage. It starts out with a general background on the current landscape of energy generation and consumption and outlines concepts of the emerging smart grid. The lecture combines technologies from ubiquitous computing and traditional ICT with socio-economic and behavioral aspects and illustrates them with examples from actual applications.
ObjectiveParticipants become familiar with the diverse challenges related to sustainable energy usage, understand the principles of a smart grid infrastructure and its applications, know the role of ubiquitous computing technologies, can explain the challenges regarding security and privacy, can reflect on the basic cues to induce changes in consumer behavior, develop a general understanding of the effects of a smart grid infrastructure on energy efficiency. Participants will apply the learnings in a course-accompanying project, which includes both programming and data analysis. The lecture further includes interactive exercises, case studies and practical examples.
Content- Background on energy generation and consumption; characteristics, potential, and limitations of renewable energy sources
- Introduction to energy economics
- Smart grid and smart metering infrastructures, virtual power plants, security challenges
- Demand management and home automation using ubiquitous computing technologies
- Changing consumer behavior with smart ICT
- Benefits and challenges of a smart energy system
- Smart heating, electric mobility
LiteratureWill be provided during the course, though a good starting point is "ICT for green: how computers can help us to conserve energy" from Friedemann Mattern, Thosten Staake, and Markus Weiss (available at http://www.vs.inf.ethz.ch/publ/papers/ICT-for-Green.pdf).

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersF. Mattern, V. C. Coroama
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationoral 15 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationOral exam (15 minutes) and submission / presentation of a practical group project. The project will start in the 3rd week of the semester. It represents a compulsory continuous performance assessment task (i.e., ‘obligatorisches Leistungselement’), and is awarded a grade that counts proportionally towards the total course-unit grade. Not taking part in the project yields a grade of 1.0 for the project.

Grading: 25% for the practical group project; 75% oral exam.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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252-3610-00 GSmart Energy2 hrs
Wed13-15LEE C 114 »
F. Mattern, V. C. Coroama
252-3610-00 ASmart Energy
Project Work, no fixed presence required.
1 hrsF. Mattern, V. C. Coroama


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