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Intelligent electrical installation

The project mission is to build a system of intelligent wireless electrical installations. The system will comply with current standards and will form a 'superstructure' for previously made applications.

Electrical power access appears in all human life spheres nowadays. Electrical power is all around us - at home, at work, having fun or relaxation. Consumer use of power has grown rapidly in recent years. The question is how have domestic and industry electrical installations reacted to this. Take a look around: most of the current and unfortunately also new installations are built in very primitive ways. The 'classical' switch results in failure of consumer power supply lines. The same occurs with power circuits - where there are only parallel connected outlets. There is no possibility of 'intelligent' control and regulation. It is not possible to use increased comfort. In addition, the 'classical installation' is uneconomic. Time saving of each kW of energy means financial as well as environmental savings. But how can we save more? Heat and electric power produced from dead constructions produces a living organism. Their costs are a large part of operating costs. For this reason, we need to manage and monitor their needs and identify uneconomic usage. Electronical monitoring and data processing, power management, and end user usage - all provide an efficient instrument for power saving measures. An integral part of such a system should be the power usage measurement of the main power consumers and circuits, so as to safely identify where the power consumption takes place. A typical example of power consumption management is power consumption limitations and prior relay usage. As you know, the price of electric power includes payments for electrical work and regular monthly fees arising from electrometers. The project mission is to build a system of intelligent wireless electrical installations. The project result will find use in electrical domestic and industry installations. The system will comply with current standards and will form a 'superstructure' for previously made applications. As a communication protocol, there are new ZigBee standards, specified by IEE 802.15.4.D18. Much emphasis will be placed on the maximum potential provided by this new platform. Electric power consumption in family, administrative and indoor facilities accounts for circa 40 - 70% of total electric power consumption. Electric power should only be supplied in such a quantity and quality as is necessary for a given place and time. To reach this state, optimum selection through the system proposal is required for the right amount and for management purposes (to reach a state corresponding with the project). INTELLIGENT CONTROL OF ELECTRICAL HEATING A widely held principle says that overheating by 1 degree Celsius causes power increases for heating of circa 6 %. When indoor facilities with a recommended inside temperature of 20 degrees Celsius are heated at 24 degrees Celsius, this results in a heating power consumption increase of 24 degrees Celsius. This 'slight' difference results in high heating costs. A goal is to develop an intelligent programmable thermostat. This device will be used for automatic regulation of heating systems according to adjusted programmes. There will be heavy emphasis placed on suitable - 'both measured' communication with other project components. The low-cost project means energy savings and other cost savings related to power consumption. The most difficult items to determine are future prices of electrical power, appliance lifetimes and maintenance costs. However the days of never-ending power savings are almost over because of the expected price increase of electrical power. In places with high power consumption (especially big family houses), power consumption control and low-cost technology usage are ideal because the return on investments can be financially very interesting. Another positive point is power consumer usage when it is really needed. This results in their life extension. The same is valid for regulated and controlled heating systems. It affects cost decreases for maintenance and repairs. Electronic data registration and inventory controls are used for preventive maintenance in larger buildings. Keywords: intelligent, electrical, installation.
Acronym: 
INELIN
Project ID: 
3 646
Start date: 
01-02-2006
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
330 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Energy management
Market Area: 
Energy Conservation Related

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