More by Less - A user perspective on energy conservation in future electrical systems
Research Project , 2009 – 2016

The project aim to explore and foster possibilities for a technological shift towards a future electrical system in which the wattage use of appliances can be controlled and optimized to minimize energy use. Product applications for a future electrical system in dwellings will be concretized and developed through a number of R&D-projects. The potential for a technological shift will be explored by investigating how the actors on the market, e.g. energy distributors, energy suppliers and product manufacturers, respond to the different applications. Individuals’ attitudes towards a technological shift and their motivation for engaging in energy conservation are other focus areas.

A new electrical system is believed to be able to level off energy usage throughout the day and reduce the demands on high peak hours. In a broader perspective, the future electrical system can provide a flexible and momentary energy debiting with potential of encouraging households to engage in energy conservation and on the long run influence behaviours and attitudes.


Ulrike Rahe (contact)

Professor vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Anneli Selvefors

Doktor vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors


Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik

Gothenburg, Sweden


​Zoliex AB

Funding Chalmers participation during 2009–2016

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