Release of digital energy futures: review of industry trends, visions and scenarios for the home

Researchers from the Emerging Technologies Research Lab have conducted an analysis of how the energy and tech sectors predict our everyday lives will change in the home of the future. The report is the outcome of the first stage of a 3-year project called Digital Energy Futures, which aims to better understand how these emerging technologies will impact our future energy needs.

“Our intention is to apply the findings from this review in the second stage of this project, where we will conduct ethnographic fieldwork with 72 Australian households in metro and regional New South Wales and Victoria,” explained lead author Dr Kari Dahlgren.

Based on a review of key industry reports, the study reveals how the home of the future is envisaged and the limitations of these industry visions. To date, digital technology and energy future predictions have been considered largely separate and distinct. This research report, brings together digital tech and energy industry futures for the first time, to reveal how they influence one another across a number of everyday household activities, such as working and studying from home.

Digital Energy Futures is funded through the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme as a $2.3 million partnership between Monash University, Ausgrid, AusNet Services and Energy Consumers Australia Limited.

Learn more about the Digital Energy Futures project here.