Digitalisation can improve energy efficiency through technologies that gather and analyse data to effect real-world changes to energy use

Digitalisation offers the potential to increase energy efficiency through technologies that gather and analyse data before using it to make changes to the physical environment (either automatically, or through human intervention).

Data gathering technologies such as sensors and smart meters collect data on energy use and other conditions affecting energy use (like climate). Data are processed into useful information through data analysis technologies such as artificial intelligence algorithms. Finally, the processed information is sent to devices that can effect physical changes to optimise energy use. Some devices require human action to optimise energy use: For example, a smartphone app can suggest an energy efficient route to work but the commuter must act on that advice. Other devices are capable of optimising energy efficiency more autonomously: For example, switches in a building’s cooling system or robots in a production line.

How digitalisation can improve efficiency through a comination of technologies

Digitalisation can improve energy efficiency through technologies that gather and analyse data to effect real-world changes to energy use
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Digital technologies are already widely used in all energy end-use sectors. More and more residential and commercial buildings are equipped with smart appliances and intelligent energy management systems. In the industry sector, advanced robotics and 3D printing are becoming standard practice. The interaction between automated, connected, electric and shared (ACES) mobility will shape the future energy consumption in the transport sector.

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