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Visualizing electricity consumption at a country scale

Pits, R. (2021) Visualizing electricity consumption at a country scale.

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Abstract:Electricity use has come to play a crucial role in modern life, but it is also a major contributor of CO2 emissions. Considering its importance, many communities around the world also lack proper access to electricity and are therefore denied numerous opportunities. Although policy makers hold the power to address those issues on a national scale, domestic electricity consumption is a hugely complex topic to tackle where numerous parameters such as climate and demographic characteristics need to be considered. Data visualization methods can provide an effective method for intuitive analysis, but they face the issue of handling very large datasets. Moreover, methods for visualizing electricity consumption at a country scale are not well researched. The work of this project attempts to determine some of these methods by considering the electricity consumption in the Republic of Cyprus, using data collected by the Social Electricity project along side data for housing density, temperature, and expenses on utilities in the country. The results are four data stories that depict domestic electricity consumption in Cyprus with a variety of visualization methods that were determined through research and experimentation. The focus of these stories is on clearly delivering useful insights to the policy makers and people of Cyprus.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:43 environmental science, 54 computer science, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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