A New Smart Plug for Smart Home Energy Management

Kıral G. E., Elma O., İnce A. T., Vural B., Selamoğulları U. S., Uzunoğlu M.

17th International Conference on Power and Energy Systems Engineering, Paris, France, 25 - 28 August 2015, pp.1-6

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-6
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Energy is an indispensable resource to meet the needs

of people. Depending on the needs of people, the correct and efficient

use of electrical energy became important nowadays. Besides the

need for the electrical energy is also increasing with the rapidly

developing technology and continuously changing living standards.

Due to depletion of energy sources and increased demand for

electricity, efficient energy use is an important research topic.

Recently, ideas like smart cities, smart buildings and smart homes has

been widely used under smart grid concept. With smart grid

infrastructure, it will be possible to monitor electrical demand of a

residential customer and control each electricity generation center for

more efficient energy flow. The smallest component of the smart grid

can be considered as smart homes. Better utilization of the electrical

grid can be achieved through the communication of the smart home

with both other customers in the grid and appliances in the house

itself since generation can effectively be scheduled by having more

precise demand data. Smart Plugs are used for the communication

with the household appliances in the house. Smart Plug is an

intermediate control element, which can be mounted on the existing

outlet, and thus can be used to monitor the energy consumption of the

plugged device and also can provide on/off control energy remotely.

This study proposes a Smart Plug for energy monitoring and energy

management. Proposed design is composed of five subsystems: micro

controller embedded system with communication system, metering

circuitry, power supply and switching circuitry. The developed smart

plug offers efficient use of electrical energy.