A design-driven approach for developing new products for Smart Grid households

Uche Obinna, Angèle Reinders, Peter Joore, Linda Wauben

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Abstract

The transition of the electricity system to smart grids requires residential end-users to be more involved in managing energy demand and supply. New innovative products and services could help to support end-users to play a more active role in the management of the future electric power system. This paper evaluates the role of Industrial Design Methods (IDMs) in the development of new innovative smart grid related product concepts at the household level. Based on students' design projects, carried out within a master study programme, various IDMs were systematically utilized to develop new innovative products for smart grid households. Our study shows that five IDMs, namely: platform-driven product development, delft innovation model, theory of inventive problem solving, technology roadmapping, and innovative design and styling were mainly applied in the development of the conceptual products. This study shows that a thorough and careful application of various IDMs helped to develop inspiring potential smart grids product concepts that could support end-users at the household level to gain more insight into their energy use, and contribute to balancing energy demand and supply. These concepts include various in-home displays, smart plugs, and smart wall sockets. The resulting product concepts are presented in this paper. We conclude that the systematic use of various IDMs helped to identify and incorporate various technological, societal, market, and end-user aspects necessary for creating innovative smart grid related products that meet end-user and future market expectations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (ISGT-Europe), 2014 IEEE PES
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-7720-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventIEEE ISGT Europe 2014, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 Oct 201415 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceIEEE ISGT Europe 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period12/10/1415/10/14

Keywords

  • Smart grids
  • Industrial design methods
  • Innovative product concepts
  • End-users
  • Household level

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