The EHMS project (www.energyhub.uwaterloo.ca) concentrates on the study and development of hard-ware and software to empower energy managers at manufacturing, agricultural, commercial, institutional and residential facilities to manage effectively their energy requirements through increased information and control. This presentation will mainly concentrate on describing the project, pro-viding a general overview and discussing its main motivations, objectives and some results. The optimization models developed for residential customers, which are the main intelligence of the residential EHMS, will be described in some detail. These models consider the optimal control of all major residential energy loads and energy storage/generation devices, including heating/air-conditioning, fridge, dishwasher, was-her and dryer, stove, water heater, and pool pumps, as well as solar PV panels and battery storage systems, with the objective of minimizing demand, total cost of electricity and gas, emissions, and peak load over the scheduling horizon while considering end-user preferences. The results of the application of this model to a real household will be presented, demonstrating significant reductions in energy costs and peak demand while maintaining the household owner's desired comfort levels.
Claudio Canizares is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993, and currently serves as the Hydro One Endowed Chair and an Associate Di-rector of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different teaching and administrative positions from 1983 to 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research activities focus on the study of stability, modeling, simulation, control, optimization and computational issues in power and energy systems within the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of multiple grants and contracts from government agencies and companies for over $50 million dollars. He has collaborated with industry and university researchers in Cana-da and abroad, and has supervised/co-supervised close to 120 research fellows and graduate students, several of whom have received various international, national and institutional awards, and are very successful and well-recognized professionals and educators. He has authored/co-authored over 250 journal and conference papers, as well as various technical re-ports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to make close to 130 keynote speeches, seminars and presentations at many institutions and conferences world-wide. He has participated in several technical IEEE and CIGRE committees and special publications; is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE); has been recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and has been the recipient of various IEEE-PES Technical Committee and Working Group awards and recognitions, holding several leadership positions in various IEEE-PES technical committees, working groups and task forces.