Time: 26/10/2009 14:00-15:00
Meeting the challenge of cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, and ensuring energy security in the face of dwindling oil and gas reserves, requires a radical change in the way energy (and particularly electricity) is generated, distributed and consumed. Central to delivering this change, is the vision of a smart electrical distribution network (the Smart Grid) within which micro-generation and storage capabilities are ubiquitous, where intelligent sensing devices allow users to make informed choices about the control of devices in their home, and where producers and consumers are connected via a series of dynamically negotiated supply contracts. In this talk, I'll describe how innovative ICT can address some of these challenges, and more specifically, how within the iDEaS project (http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/research/projects/618) we are developing intelligent agents to manage energy use within the home, and to manage the storage and transmission of energy within the grid.
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