SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE FOR RATIONAL USE OF ENERGY
MODCAE – Computer program for simulating electric water heating
loads in distribution networks. It uses physically-based load models to
account for the payback effect of this type of thermostat controlled loads
when they are switched on after an interruption of supply. This is adequate
to capture the effects of load dispatch procedures in distribution network
management. Model output consists of load diagrams. Loads are organized
in groups and their respective diagrams are mostly influenced by water
consumption patterns, which are programmable.
ACORCE – Software package for helping consultants and energy
managers to evaluate energy conservation opportunities and cost-saving
measures related to electric energy use. It allows capturing and processing
of load diagrams collected with dataloggers during energy audits. It also
allows the interactive definition of the tariff system to be used in economic
PIAC – Interactive information counter, based on a data concentrator
of electricity, natural gas and water consumption values within a building.
It computes both remote and local pollutant emissions due to the use of
resources. Consumption values are constantly monitored and stored in a
database. Interactivity is provided by a computer screen and a trackball,
allowing visualization of diagrams and accumulated values of emissions
and consumption, as well as allowing comparisons on annual, monthly and
weekly bases. (Can be demonstrated at DEE-FCTUC).
SINCE – Database for storing energy consumption, electric load
diagrams and other relevant data originated in load research studies. Each
load diagram in the database is related to other information, as for example
on the corresponding equipment or premise, on the proprietor, and so on,
allowing several different query specifications for different purposes.