Dr Phil Grunewald (School of Geography and the Environment)
This project combines engineering and social sciences to better understand the nature of demand and its flexibility. Aside from several methodological advances Grunewald and his team have developed two innovative physical instruments: 1) an electricity recorder which households can easily self-install and 2) an app which makes the recording of activities easy and enjoyable.
The data from 100s of households provides fascinating new insights into household activity patterns and their implications for energy consumption.
Grunewald is particularly proud of the calibre and disciplinary breadth of the people involved, which is so uniquely possible in Oxford. Grunewald collaborates engineering (system flexibility), computer science (app development), sociology (time-use) and philosophy (ethics of energy data and intervention).
Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council