Posted: October 24, 2010 By: Comments: 0


Like C-Aware, DESIMAX is part of a Digital Economy call for projects that Transform Energy Demand through Digital Innovation (TEDDI). The 3 year project is a collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham and Strathclyde, with industrial partners Areva, EON, Flextricity, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern Energy, Wilson Energy and the International Union of Electricity Applications.

Unlike C-Aware which focuses on technologies for raising the energy awareness of consumers, DESIMAX considers a future where consumers are required to be more flexible in their use of electricity to allow the National Grid to coordinate the country’s electricity use more efficiently. To this end I was involved in facilitating focus groups in different districts near to Nottingham to explore the public’s perceptions of near-future smart energy technologies; to elicit views on these technologies we developed three short videos that explain positive and negative impacts on three households. These videos can be found here or in different languages on YouTube. Some of the results of this work has been published in ERSS:

  • [DOI] M. Goulden, B. Bedwell, S. Rennick-Egglestone, T. Rodden, and A. Spence, “Smart grids, smart users? The role of the user in demand side management,” Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 2, pp. 21-29, 2014.
        author = {Goulden, Murray and Bedwell, Ben and Rennick-Egglestone, Stefan and Rodden, Tom and Spence, Alexa},
        citeulike-article-id = {13315227},
        citeulike-linkout-0 = {},
        doi = {10.1016/j.erss.2014.04.008},
        issn = {22146296},
        journal = {Energy Research \& Social Science},
        month = jun,
        pages = {21--29},
        posted-at = {2014-08-04 09:46:38},
        priority = {0},
        title = {Smart grids, smart users? The role of the user in demand side management},
        url = {},
        volume = {2},
        year = {2014}

An additional strand of work in DESIMAX has considered whether technologies should be designed to encourage individuals to consider their energy consumption across spaces rather than treating these spaces separately and differently. James Colley, a DESIMAX PhD student, designed a web-based interface for individuals that presented a day-long view of their energy consumption, bridging the different monitored spaces they passed through during the day. I helped analyse the findings of this study, a summary of which has been presented at Interact 2013:

  • J. Colley, B. Bedwell, and T. Rodden, “Exploring Reactions to Widespread Energy Monitoring,” in 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2013.
        author = {Colley, James and Bedwell, Ben and Rodden, Tom},
        booktitle = {14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction},
        citeulike-article-id = {12211935},
        posted-at = {2013-03-26 11:41:01},
        priority = {0},
        title = {Exploring Reactions to Widespread Energy Monitoring},
        year = {2013}
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