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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11544-11559; doi:10.3390/s111211544

Heterogeneous Collaborative Sensor Network for Electrical Management of an Automated House with PV Energy

ETSI Telecomunicacíon, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Av. Complutense 30, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 20 October 2011 / Revised: 28 November 2011 / Accepted: 5 December 2011 / Published: 9 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Collaborative Sensors)
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In this paper we present a heterogeneous collaborative sensor network for electrical management in the residential sector. Improving demand-side management is very important in distributed energy generation applications. Sensing and control are the foundations of the “Smart Grid” which is the future of large-scale energy management. The system presented in this paper has been developed on a self-sufficient solar house called “MagicBox” equipped with grid connection, PV generation, lead-acid batteries, controllable appliances and smart metering. Therefore, there is a large number of energy variables to be monitored that allow us to precisely manage the energy performance of the house by means of collaborative sensors. The experimental results, performed on a real house, demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed collaborative system to reduce the consumption of electrical power and to increase energy efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart grid; smart metering; photovoltaics; demand-side management smart grid; smart metering; photovoltaics; demand-side management

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Castillo-Cagigal, M.; Matallanas, E.; Gutiérrez, Á.; Monasterio-Huelin, F.; Caamaño-Martín, E.; Masa-Bote, D.; Jiménez-Leube, J. Heterogeneous Collaborative Sensor Network for Electrical Management of an Automated House with PV Energy. Sensors 2011, 11, 11544-11559.

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