The major research questions were:
- How does a change in behavior benefit both households and the industry?
- How are the costs and benefits distributed among the parties involved?
- Which solutions result in sufficient motivation and convenience to prompt a change in behavior?
- To what extent are households willing and able to adjust their behavior?
Local Intelligent Networks and Energy Active Regions, or in short 'Linear', was a research project bringing together twenty different partners, including KU Leuven, VITO, iMinds, imec, industrial associates and the Government of Flanders. Linear researches the best and simplest ways to adapt residential energy consumption based on the availability of solar and wind energy with the help of 250 test households.
The ambitious pilot project was widely acknowledged, receiving the European EEGI-label and the global ISGAN Award. Various products and services are right now further being researched by the Linear partners.
As the project coordinator, EnergyVille minimalised the effort for the partners and created an open architecture allowing system suppliers and aggregators to partake. We carried out the communication via the website, newsletters and events, we recruted participants, and we were responsible for technical support and system monitoring. Using the homelab and matrixlab, EnergyVille asserted the daily adjustments of the implementation and testing.
As not all required technology was available, we worked out several concepts to prototypes, resulting in the installation of 20 smart boilers and 75 whitewash controllers at the test-household's residence over the duration of 18 months.
Moreover, EnergyVille created simulation environments to measure the impact of the new concepts. Several of these concepts were eventually converted into software used for real-time control of the field test.
EnergyVille's closing responsibility was the data-analysis and redaction of the results.