Smart Grids Unit 7: Consumers and Prosumers
The smart grid cannot function without participation of it's consumers. In this unit the key issues of consumer behaviors and engagement are considered. The impact of consumer participation on the smart grid as they change from consumers to prosumers is considered. Furthermore, the impact of technology is explored including the uptake of smart appliances, energy efficiency and micro renewables.
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BSSEC, Building Services Sustainability & Environmental Consultancy, is in the business of helping commercial organisations become more energy efficient. BSSEC was founded by current Executive Chairman Paul Bennett in 2005. Paul started his career as an electricians apprentice and has worked up to become an Executive Chairman of international businesses. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Director with 30 years’ experience in electrical and mechanical building engineering design, contracting, maintenance and operation. Paul’s specialisms include management, company direction, energy efficiency and renewable infrastructures. Paul acts as an ambassador to the Institute of Directors and is a member of the IET. In 2016 Paul was awarded the Institute of Directors' “New Chartered Director” title and is a fellow of the IoD.
• Understand the issues of consumer behaviours and attitudes in the smart grid.
• Learn how customers can engage with energy efficiency and how this can reduce demands and be seen by the grid.
• Appreciate how new technology and embedded AI within appliances and machines can work with the smart grid.
• Understand how micro-renewable technologies and energy storage can turn consumers into prosumers.