Virtual reality for enhancing engagement with net zero transitions

Amal Alshardy, Sarah Goodwin, Andres Santos-Torres, Ariel Liebman

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Immersive experiences can increase engagement and improve data understanding. We explore the use of virtual reality to visualise the complexities of electric networks and facilitate a greater understanding of net zero initiatives. We propose that an abstract metaphorical immersive experience can provide an intuitive overview of the complex components of energy networks and how they behave over time in response to fluctuating supply and demand in order to achieve stability and sustainability. This work aims to enable a variety of stakeholders to better understand and associate the complexities in the systems and be aware of the connections over time and space. Using the Monash University electric network system as a case study, we explore the network dynamics and fluctuations over time. The virtual reality experience allows users to view campus electricity assets and local and remote energy sources, as well as witness the dynamics of the network. Thus, the complexities of the energy system and its impact on sustainability can be more readily understood.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2023 Workshop on Energy Data Visualization, EngergyVis 2023
EditorsKenny Gruchalla, Arnaud Prouzeau, Lyn Bartram, Sarah Goodwin
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350330281
ISBN (Print)9798350330298
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventWorkshop on Energy Data Visualization 2023 - Hybrid, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 22 Oct 202323 Oct 2023
Conference number: 3rd (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceWorkshop on Energy Data Visualization 2023
Abbreviated titleEnergyVis 2023
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  • Human-centered computing
  • Information visualization
  • Visualization
  • Visualization application domains

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