NILMTK: An Open Source Toolkit for Non-intrusive Load Monitoring [Conference Paper]

NESL Technical Report #: 2014-6-2


Abstract: Non-intrusive load monitoring, or energy disaggregation, aims to separate household energy consumption data collected from a single point of measurement into appliance-level consumption data. In recent years, the field has rapidly expanded due to increased interest as national deployments of smart meters have begun in many countries. However, empirically comparing disaggregation algorithms is currently virtually impossible. This is due to the different data sets used, the lack of reference implementations of these algorithms and the variety of accuracy metrics employed. To address this challenge, we present the Non-intrusive Load Monitoring Toolkit (NILMTK); an open source toolkit designed specifically to enable the comparison of energy disaggregation algorithms in a reproducible manner. This work is the first research to compare multiple disaggregation approaches across multiple publicly available data sets. Our toolkit includes parsers for a range of existing data sets, a collection of preprocessing algorithms, a set of statistics for describing data sets, two reference benchmark disaggregation algorithms and a suite of accuracy metrics. We demonstrate the range of reproducible analyses which are made possible by our toolkit, including the analysis of six publicly available data sets and the evaluation of both benchmark disaggregation algorithms across such data sets.

Publication Forum: In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM e-Energy Conference

Page (Start): 265

Page (End): 276

Page (Count): 11

Date: 2014-06-01

Publisher: ACM

Public Document?: Yes

NESL Document?: Yes

Document category: Conference Paper

Primary Research Area: Energy and Water Sustainability