PhD student creates digital innovation for Watts

In recent years, Danish Jon Liisberg and Colombian Julian Vinasco as PhD students have helped create technological solutions for Watts.

Focusing on algorithms and energy optimizations, they have made it even easier for Watts users to think green and save energy. About it tells Julian:

"As a PhD student at Watts, I help develop a tool that makes smart and energy-friendly decisions for the user regarding the purchase, sale and storage of power. One day Watts will be able to deliver package solutions, such as solar panels and batteries, that make it even easier for the consumer to live energy-efficient."

If Watts is to become even smarter over time, it requires large amounts of data. They must continuously improve the app's algorithms – and these are the kinds of algorithms that Jon Liisberg has researched in relation to his PhD project:

"For the last three years, I have developed models for Watts that can, among other things, calculate budget and basic consumption based on users' energy consumption and whether there are deviations. In addition, I'm working to get Watts to distinguish between different types of consumption so that people with electricity heating can see their heat consumption. But it requires people to record data in terms of their consumption – because the more knowledge we have, the more we can actually show users and improve the user experience."

In connection with his PhD project, Jon has also studied behavioral changes in those who use Watts on a daily basis and those who do not. Here, the results showed that Watts users who live in house and use the app an average of 1-2 times a day generally use five percent less power than those who don't use the app.

This is a trend that both Jon and Julian hope will continue to grow as they can obtain even more data and improve algorithms and develop more energy-optimising solutions – both for the user and for the climate."

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