This poster presents my work placement in the Computing department of The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK). During six months I took the research engineer role in a research team of three researchers in ubiquitous and pervasive computing.
To address global warming, government targets conduct to increase quickly distributed micro-generation development and we product more and more renewable energies. This is considered one of the cornerstones of the future energy infrastructure and residential energy generation using solar panels, heat pumps and so on has become a feasible option for most homeowners. However, residential energy production and consumption are out of sync, feed-in tariffs essentially makes energy production invisible and users have no feedback about their own generation.
During this work placement I focused on distributed generation in residential context and design prototypes to implement an experimental study on user feedback. The research team chose design probes approach -- a user-centric methodology -- to understand what kind of information display and when to aware people about the energy gap.