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Social Power Project

Acronym SPP

Abstract The Social Power Project (SPP) proposes the creation of a social mobile application using game mechanics (competition and cooperation) to motivate neighbourhood teams to work together and strive for collective energy reduction goals. Thanks to the provision of an online social platform, the smartphone application will allow end-users to interact socially, share contents and cooperate to build a common, creative understanding of how to save energy at home. The smartphone application, as well as the online social platform, will be inserted as a real case into the demand-side management (DSM) programme of two local Swiss electricity utilities (AEM and StWW) that have recently invested into smart metering technology. The project will explore the role of social interaction in triggering active participation in energy conservation and behavioural change over time. This will be done by a field experiment that launches both intra-group collaborations as well as a cross-cultural ?energy contest? between the cities of Massagno and Winterthur in neighbourhood energy-saving.

SUPSI Organisations Involved Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Formazione di base
Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment
Department for Environment Constructions and Design

People involved Luca Morici, Francesca Cellina, Roberta Castri, Gaetano Frongillo, Massimo Botta, Vanessa De Luca, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, Mikael Oettli, Giovanni Profeta, Leonardo Angelucci, Fabian Frei, Nikolett Kovacs

Managers Roman Rudel

Date of Project Start 1 March 2015

Date of Project Completion 28 February 2017