• Crowd Energy Sharing Electricity
  • Crowd Energy ICT Communication
  • Crowd Energy Human centric apporach
  • Sharing Electricity

    The Crowd Energy concept defines cells which will generate, store, consume and share electricity and create a independency from the general electricity network


  • Communication

    Pooling numerous cells in an interrelated network, connecting them by communication lines, and finally processing different types of data to achieve a stable and sustainable electricity network


  • Human Centric

    Crowd Energy integrates new human centric aspects, like decision-making, behaviour and participation forms, to achieve general energy goals.


The Concept

We predict that the general phenomenon of crowds is one of the main drivers of this change. Therefore, scenarios, particularly their calculation, weight, and validation, are highly important in terms of the predicted change.

We experience a shift from highly-centralized energy production to decentralized energy generation. Our future electrical energy system will consist of plenty small iGSL-cells as well as a number of traditional power producers. Technically speaking the introduced iGSL cells are the basic elements of the crowd energy concept.

The main principle is pooling numerous cells in an interrelated network, connecting them by communication lines, and finally processing different types of data to achieve a stable and sustainable electricity network.

The crowd energy concept covers besides technical aspects additional fields such as the market design, mental accounting, and customer behavior. Research is necessary for the identification of socio-economic motivations and regulatory measures as well as specific and sustainable funding policies supporting the crowd energy concept



What is Crowd Energy?

"Crowd Energy is the collective effort of individuals, profit, and non-profit organizations, pooling their resources through online ICT-applications to help to implement the energy turnaround. This implies both, the concept of decentralization (production, storage and consumption of renewable electricity) and a substantial change in society, economy and politics."

Our Objectives

Our research priority "Crowd Energy" focuses not only on the technical part of the new energy market, but also its consequences on incumbent and new players in the market: new market design, prosumer behaviour and new business models are some examples, which reflects the new energy sector.


Our Projects

Smart Value Energy Network

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The new integration of prosumer-consumer communities alters the current value chain to a value network. The Smart Value Energy Network (SVEN) project investigates in the role and relationship of a crowd-based value network.

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Smart Value Energy Network

The Smart Value Energy Network (SVEN) project concerns with the design of a crowd-based value network investigating in the network objectives, roles, relationships and deliverables. A crowd-based value network indicates that current purposes of roles will alter and new roles (i.e. prosumer and crowd) will enter reshaping value creation context and content.  The value creation of prosumer, in particular, implicates a different conversion strategy of tangible and intangible assets. Making business with prosumers (or crowds) are based upon other factors which are currently barely considered.

Project leader: Mario Gstrein

e-mail: mario.gstrein(at)unifr.ch


Behaviour Analysis for Network Stability

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The rise of prosumer-consumer communities leads to prosumption-based electricity provision. Dealing this paradigm shift needs deeper knowledge on the prosumer’s behaviour influencing the electricity supply.

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Behaviour Analysis for Network Stability

The Behaviour Analysis for Network Stability (BEANS) project is concerned with the new energy provision paradigm; the prosumption-based electricity provision. BEANS focuses on the potential of and the willingness for the new electricity provision paradigm. Further, the project investigates the social mechanisms of electricity sharing as well as fundamental Crowd Energy design principles to ensure a sustainable and stable electricity provision among members.


The project uses theories from social and economic sciences, e.g. SVO-analysis, behavioural economics and economic principles, to analyze the human side of network stability. The results of the project should demonstrate the importance of human behavior on network issues, currently monopolistically investigated from the science and technical side.

Project leader: Yves Hertig

e-mail: yves.hertig(at)unifr.ch


Crowd Energy Model

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The Crowd Energy Model simulates the potentials of producing and sharing electricity of a prosumer-consumer communities. The model considers influential factors like PV production and decision making.

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Crowd Energy Model

The project goal is a model that allows to define the production and sharing potential of electricity in a prosumer-consumer communities, so called crowds. The model is based on a cellular structure - buildling level - in which each cell can produce, consume, and/or store electricity. Any surpluses, produced by a cell, can be provided to a neighbouring building. Consequential, sufficient surpluses permits to become independent from external sources. The design of the model considers technical factors like PV production or charging behaviour of batteries but also human-related factors like decision making of sharing.

 

Eventually, simulations of various scenarios should provide insights among others in the potential of exchange, influences of storing-sharing behaviour, costs of exchange, and possible taxation strategies for exchange.

Project leader: Mario Gstrein

e-mail: mario.gstrein(at)unifr.ch


 


 

 

Publications

The Chair and its research team publish every year academic papers and opinion pieces in a variety of journals, conference proceedings and industry publications. Please find below the list of publications.

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Jovita Vasauskaite and Timeja Veresinska. Motivation for Smart Living: New Perspectives and Directions. iimt - University of Fribourg, 2016.
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Motivation for Smart Living: New Perspectives and Directions
Stephanie Teufel and Marie-Charlotte Prallet. Eine Crowd gegen Food Waste. ICTkommunikation, 2016.
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Eine Crowd gegen Food Waste
Yves Hertig and Stephanie Teufel. Prosumer Involvement in Smart Grids: The Relevance of Energy Prosumer Behavior. In Proceedings of 35th International Conference on Organizational Science Development. 2016.
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Prosumer Involvement in Smart Grids: The Relevance of Energy Prosumer Behavior

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  • 2016

    Publication Title More
    Jovita Vasauskaite and Timeja Veresinska. Motivation for Smart Living: New Perspectives and Directions. iimt - University of Fribourg, 2016.
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    	year = 2016,
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    Motivation for Smart Living: New Perspectives and Directions
    Stephanie Teufel and Marie-Charlotte Prallet. Eine Crowd gegen Food Waste. ICTkommunikation, 2016.
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    	author = "Teufel, Stephanie and Prallet, Marie-Charlotte",
    	journal = "ICTkommunikation",
    	year = 2016,
    	owner = "teufelb",
    	timestamp = "2016-08-10"
    }
    
    Eine Crowd gegen Food Waste
    Yves Hertig and Stephanie Teufel. Prosumer Involvement in Smart Grids: The Relevance of Energy Prosumer Behavior. In Proceedings of 35th International Conference on Organizational Science Development. 2016.
    @inproceedings{Hertig2016a,
    	title = "Prosumer Involvement in Smart Grids: The Relevance of Energy Prosumer Behavior",
    	author = "Hertig, Yves and Teufel, Stephanie",
    	booktitle = "Proceedings of 35th International Conference on Organizational Science Development",
    	year = 2016,
    	owner = "teufelb",
    	timestamp = "2016-08-10"
    }
    
    Prosumer Involvement in Smart Grids: The Relevance of Energy Prosumer Behavior

  • 2015

    Publication Title More
    Valeriia Vereshchagina, Mario Gstrein and Bernd Teufel. Analysis of the stakeholder engagement in the deployment of renewables and smart grid technologies. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015., 2015.
    @article{Vereshchagina2015,
    	title = "Analysis of the stakeholder engagement in the deployment of renewables and smart grid technologies",
    	author = "Vereshchagina, Valeriia and Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Bernd",
    	journal = "JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015.",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    Analysis of the stakeholder engagement in the deployment of renewables and smart grid technologies
    Stephanie Teufel and Bernd Teufel. Smart Living - an Innovation and Research Agenda. In Proceedings 2015 World Conference on Innovation, Engineering, and Technology, Kyoto, Japan. 2015.
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    	title = "Smart Living - an Innovation and Research Agenda",
    	author = "Teufel, Stephanie and Teufel, Bernd",
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    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    Smart Living - an Innovation and Research Agenda
    Stephanie Teufel. Guest Editorial: Special Section on Energy Efficient Technologies-Crowd Energy Applications. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015, 2015.
    @article{Teufel2015d,
    	title = "Guest Editorial: Special Section on Energy Efficient Technologies-Crowd Energy Applications",
    	author = "Stephanie Teufel",
    	journal = "JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.09.16"
    }
    
    Guest Editorial: Special Section on Energy Efficient Technologies-Crowd Energy Applications
    Mario Gstrein and Stephanie Teufel. Crowd Energy Management: The New Paradigm for the Electricity Market. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015, 2015.
    @article{Gstrein2015a,
    	title = "Crowd Energy Management: The New Paradigm for the Electricity Market",
    	author = "Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Stephanie",
    	journal = "JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    Crowd Energy Management: The New Paradigm for the Electricity Market
    Stephane Egger, Mario Gstrein and Stephanie Teufel. Impact of Business Practices on Individual Energy Consumption. In Proc. of 5th International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies (ICSGCE 2015 ), Offenburg, 2015. 2015.
    @inproceedings{Egger2015,
    	title = "Impact of Business Practices on Individual Energy Consumption",
    	author = "Egger, Stephane and Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Stephanie",
    	booktitle = "Proc. of 5th International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies (ICSGCE 2015 ), Offenburg, 2015",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    Impact of Business Practices on Individual Energy Consumption
    James Craven, Evgenia Derevyanko, Mario Gstrein and Bernd Teufel. The Influence of Taxation on Supply and Demand in Tomorrow's Crowd Energy Paradigm. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015, 2015.
    @article{Craven2015,
    	title = "The Influence of Taxation on Supply and Demand in Tomorrow's Crowd Energy Paradigm",
    	author = "Craven, James and Derevyanko, Evgenia and Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Bernd",
    	journal = "JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 13, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2015",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    The Influence of Taxation on Supply and Demand in Tomorrow's Crowd Energy Paradigm
    Mohamad Aldabas, Mario Gstrein and Stephanie Teufel. Changing Energy Consumption Behaviour: Individuals' Responsibility and Government Role. In Proc. of 5th International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies (ICSGCE 2015 ), Offenburg, 2015. 2015.
    @inproceedings{Aldabas2015,
    	title = "Changing Energy Consumption Behaviour: Individuals' Responsibility and Government Role",
    	author = "Aldabas, Mohamad and Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Stephanie",
    	booktitle = "Proc. of 5th International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies (ICSGCE 2015 ), Offenburg, 2015",
    	year = 2015,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2015.07.24"
    }
    
    Changing Energy Consumption Behaviour: Individuals' Responsibility and Government Role

  • 2014

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    Stephanie Teufel and Bernd Teufel. The Crowd Energy Concept. Journal of Electronic Science and Technology 12(3):263–269, 2014.
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    	year = 2014,
    	title = "The Crowd Energy Concept",
    	pages = "263--269",
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    	journal = "Journal of Electronic Science and Technology",
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    The Crowd Energy Concept
    Mario Gstrein and Stephanie Teufel. The Changing Decision Patterns of the Consumer in a Decentralized Smart Grid. In Proceedings 11th International Conference on the European Energy Market, Krakow. 2014.
    @inproceedings{Gstrein2014,
    	title = "The Changing Decision Patterns of the Consumer in a Decentralized Smart Grid",
    	author = "Gstrein, Mario and Teufel, Stephanie",
    	booktitle = "Proceedings 11th International Conference on the European Energy Market, Krakow",
    	year = 2014,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2014.05.22",
    	url = "http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6861216&sortType%3Dasc_p_Sequence%26filter%3DAND%28p_IS_Number%3A6861198%29"
    }
    
    The Changing Decision Patterns of the Consumer in a Decentralized Smart Grid

  • 2013

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    Stephanie Teufel, Kirstin Stadelmann and Roger Neuhaus. An Analysis of the Swiss Electric Vehicle Market. International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy 2, 2013.
    @article{Teufel2013a,
    	title = "An Analysis of the Swiss Electric Vehicle Market",
    	author = "Teufel, Stephanie and Stadelmann, Kirstin and Neuhaus, Roger",
    	journal = "International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy",
    	year = 2013,
    	volume = 2,
    	owner = "teufels",
    	timestamp = "2013.01.10"
    }
    
    An Analysis of the Swiss Electric Vehicle Market

  • 2010

    Publication Title More
    M Stötzer, S Teufel and H Sauvain. Business Concept for Distributed Generation in the Swiss Energy Market. In IEEE PES General Meeting, Minneapolis (USA). 2010.
    @inproceedings{Stoetzer2010b,
    	title = "Business Concept for Distributed Generation in the Swiss Energy Market",
    	author = "Stötzer, M. and Teufel, S. and Sauvain, H.",
    	booktitle = "IEEE PES General Meeting, Minneapolis (USA)",
    	year = 2010,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2013.01.16"
    }
    
    Business Concept for Distributed Generation in the Swiss Energy Market
    M Stötzer, S Teufel and H Sauvain. Energiewirtschaftlich optimierte Integration dezentraler Erzeugungsanlagen in Verteilungsnetze. In Dresdner Kreis, Magdeburg. 2010.
    @inproceedings{Stoetzer2010a,
    	title = "Energiewirtschaftlich optimierte Integration dezentraler Erzeugungsanlagen in Verteilungsnetze",
    	author = "Stötzer, M. and Teufel, S. and Sauvain, H.",
    	booktitle = "Dresdner Kreis, Magdeburg",
    	year = 2010,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2013.01.16"
    }
    
    Energiewirtschaftlich optimierte Integration dezentraler Erzeugungsanlagen in Verteilungsnetze

  • 2009

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    Friedli T. and Walti N O. (eds.). Managementguide für Schweizer Energieversorgungsunternehmen (EVU). Chapter Human Capital − Erfolgsrezept der Liberalisierung, Haupt Verlag, Bern, 2009.
    @inbook{Teufel2009,
    	title = "Managementguide für Schweizer Energieversorgungsunternehmen (EVU)",
    	author = "Teufel, S.",
    	chapter = "Human Capital − Erfolgsrezept der Liberalisierung",
    	editor = "Friedli T. and Walti N. O.",
    	publisher = "Haupt Verlag, Bern",
    	year = 2009
    }
    
    Managementguide für Schweizer Energieversorgungsunternehmen (EVU)
    M Stötzer, S Teufel and H Sauvain. Design of dynamic tariffs for energy distribution grids with decentralised generation and storage devices. In VDE ETG Kongress, Düsseldorf. 2009.
    @inproceedings{Stoetzer2009,
    	title = "Design of dynamic tariffs for energy distribution grids with decentralised generation and storage devices",
    	author = "Stötzer, M. and Teufel, S. and Sauvain, H.",
    	booktitle = "VDE ETG Kongress, Düsseldorf",
    	year = 2009,
    	owner = "TeufelB",
    	timestamp = "2013.01.16"
    }
    
    Design of dynamic tariffs for energy distribution grids with decentralised generation and storage devices

  • 2008 - earlier

    Publication Title More
    R Müller, M Steinert and S Teufel. Successful Diversification Strategies of Electricity Companies: An explorative empirical study on the success of different diversification strategies of German electricity companies in the wake of the European market liberalization. Energy Policy, Elsevier Volume36, Issue 1:398-412, 2008.
    @article{Mueller2008,
    	title = "Successful Diversification Strategies of Electricity Companies: An explorative empirical study on the success of different diversification strategies of German electricity companies in the wake of the European market liberalization",
    	author = "Müller, R. and Steinert, M. and Teufel, S.",
    	journal = "Energy Policy, Elsevier",
    	year = 2008,
    	note = "ISSN: 0301-4215 (Thomson Scientific impact factor 2006: 1.362, Journal Citation Reports® 2007)",
    	pages = "398-412",
    	volume = "Volume36, Issue 1",
    	owner = "DenisonC",
    	timestamp = "27.02.2008"
    }
    
    Successful Diversification Strategies of Electricity Companies: An explorative empirical study on the success of different diversification strategies of German electricity companies in the wake of the European market liberalization
    S Teufel, S Götte and M Steinert (eds.). Managementmethoden für ICT-Unternehmen. Verlag, Orell Füssli, Zürich. Chapter Managementmethoden für ICT-Unternehmen - Fribourg- ICT-Management- Framework, pages 9-20, ?, 2004.
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    	title = "Managementmethoden für ICT-Unternehmen. Verlag, Orell Füssli, Zürich",
    	author = "Teufel, S.",
    	chapter = "Managementmethoden für ICT-Unternehmen - Fribourg- ICT-Management- Framework",
    	editor = "Teufel, S. and Götte, S. and Steinert, M",
    	pages = "9-20",
    	publisher = "?",
    	year = 2004,
    	note = "ISBN 3-85743-722-7 (SUI)",
    	owner = "DenisonC",
    	timestamp = "26.02.2008"
    }
    
    Managementmethoden für ICT-Unternehmen. Verlag, Orell Füssli, Zürich



Research Team

Dr. Stephanie Teufel - Ordinaria & Director

Dr. Stephanie Teufel

Ordinaria & Director


Phone: +41 26 300 84 35
e-mail: stephanie.teufel(at)unifr.ch

Mario Gstrein - Research Assistant

Mario Gstrein

Research Assistant


Phone: +41 26 300 84 38
e-mail: mario.gstrein(at)unifr.ch

Yves Hertig - Research Assistant

Yves Hertig

Research Assistant


Phone: +41 26 300 84 33
e-mail: yves.hertig(at)unifr.ch

Dr. Bernd Teufel - External Staff

Dr. Bernd Teufel

External Staff


Phone: +41 26 300 84 32
e-mail: bernd.teufel(at)unifr.ch