Title: Smart switch (SMITCH-LB) for electricity load balancing and optimization

Issue Number: Vol. 5, No. 1
Year of Publication: Apr - 2019
Page Numbers: 1-6
Authors: Johny MATAR, Hicham El KHOURY
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002562


With the evolution and existence of a wide variety of green and non-green power sources, the idea of using a combination of two power sources simultaneously is emerging worldwide. And knowing that most green energy sources (or alternate sources) provide a lower power capacity than the main line, a smart switch is necessary to switch appliances’ power alimentation between these two sources, in order to get the maximum benefit of the power provided by the not metered alternate source. In addition, and in the case of electricity shortage on the main line, this smart switch is supposed to keep important devices ON while avoiding any over consumption on the alternate source, by shutting down some lower priority devices to lower the current consumption and fit the power offered by the alternate source. SMITCH-LB provides the above features in addition to providing the users with the possibility of overriding the automatic prioritization decision and turning on/off the devices based on their own preference. This last-mentioned feature is offered using a mobile app relying on an online service.