Lumen: A Case Study of Designing for Sustainable Energy Communities through Ambient Feedback

Anders Høgh Hansen, Rikke Hagensby Jensen*, Lasse Stausgaard Jensen, Emil Kongsgaard Guldager, Andreas Winkel Sigsgaard, Frederik Dalgaard Moroder, Dimitrios Raptis, Laurynas Siksnys, Torben Bach Pedersen, Mikael B. Skov

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Within sustainable HCI research, we see a growing interest to study how designing interactive technology can improve the utilisation of renewable energy resources. In this case study, we explore the concept of energy communities and how technology can be designed to support people to cooperate around transitioning to a more sustainable use of electricity. To do so, we designed the Lumen prototype, which aims to support a small energy community in shifting domestic energy-consuming practices to align with times of high availability of sustainable energy. By creating awareness of current and future sustainable energy availability through an ambient feedback display, the Lumen prototype informs households about the community’s consumption patterns. To obtain insights into how people understand and experience an energy community, we conducted a qualitative field study with three Danish households. Through our study, we found sustainable awareness and incentives materialised in the ambient display were amplified by the dynamics of the community. We conclude by discussing future directions for exploring how to design technology for energy communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction
Number of pages6
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date3 Dec 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389754
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020
Event32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Virtual, Sidney, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020


Conference32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
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  • Energy communities
  • ambient design
  • sustainable energy
  • SDG
  • case studies


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