In recent years, the energy sector has been subject to many controversies among citizens. The price of “light” and the excess contamination caused by non-renewable energy sources are the themes of never-ending public debates. Researchers in this field work on creating systems that reduce expenses and contamination through the increased use of renewable energies.

Research work on smart cities is a crucial element for smart energy management. The key to resolving the majority of our energy problems is the wise and efficient management of energy in cities, which can be achieved with current advances in electrical engineering and information technologies. The use of a management system which measures and optimizes expenses allows to improve the efficiency of electric networks.

One of the fundamental aspects of this balance is the new assumption that citizens may produce their own renewable energy. The bidirectional control of this energy contributes to an effective production and distribution process. At present, the BISITE Group is working on diverse projects whose aim is to improve the energy sector, these include BISITE Lamp, eBikeMotion and Tabón.

The BISITELamp project develops a public and private lighting management system to achieve economic savings. The system watches the movement of people in different areas in order to regulate the use of lighting. Another project is called eBikeMotion, it is a platform which allows to control all the functions of electric bicycles through a smartphone placed on the bike’s handle. Lastly, Tabón designs a technology to improve the control of high voltage lines through the measurement of earth ground resistance.

As you can see, the problem of energy efficiency is one of BISITE’s focal points. It is an issue of great concern and we must work together to achieve progress, BISITE is ready to do its bit.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group