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Kiruna's power consumption on Google Earth

Published: 2 April 2014

A tool that supports energy adviser to get an overview, via Google Earth, over the energy consumption of individual households, is developed at Luleå University.

The tool has been developed by graduate student Tim Johansson at Luleå University of Technology. With the tool energy advisers easily gets an overview of the energy consumption in all residential buildings connected to Kiruna Municipality district heating plants.

The cities of Kiruna and Gällivare is being moved and rebuilt when the mine in the area expands and causes cracks and undermine the ground. Sustainable energy consumption, after relocation of the both cities, is one of the goals of the new tool.

Tim Johansson uses existing technology to combine information from the district heating network  in Kiruna with property information and information on topography, collected with modern geographic information technology.

- This is a new way to combine information and to make information visually accessible, eg for energy advisors, he says. They get a tool to work directly with individual homeowners . When you can go in and look at an individual house in a street view, questions about how the information will be used to protect citizens' privacy will be important. To be able to solve this  we need to do some more thinking but  a possible solution might be that the owner of the house signs in to his house with Bank ID or via Facebook.

That municipalities can offer various power-saving packages to various property owners with high energy consumption, are examples of how the tool can be used . The data can also be used to support the strategies for energy saving measures. For the individual citizen, the tool can contribute to increased commitment to keep down their energy consumption. A test of the tool will be implemented in spring 2014.

Contact Tim Johansson