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ENERFICIENCY

ENERFICIENCY: User-led energy efficiency management

The goal of ENERFICIENCY is to design, implement and test a tool that allows customers to monitor and manage the energy they consume. The tool will be implemented by means of an open software  platform capable of interacting with the power grid in order to use energy efficiently.

The platform will integrate many heterogeneous data sources and will provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy efficiency management, audit and benchmarking. Development efforts will be distributed in four main topics: software architecture, communication, data acquisition/management and computational intelligence.

The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform will provide specialised services for data acquisition and management at different time scales (from real time to season) capable of dealing with existing solutions (SCADAS, energy monitors, etc.) but also capable of integrating new sensing technologies (smart metering, RFID, sensor networks, etc.) deployed during specific campaigns for energy evaluation through different communication technologies (Wifi, Zigbee, PLC, etc).

Computational intelligence modules will be developed by means of data mining services designed to obtain energy efficiency indices, their contextualisation and to discover behavioural patterns in the use of energy.  Energy indices are necessary for evaluation and further decision and their contextualisation is required for a correct energy assessment. A challenge in ENERFICIENCY is to consider the bidirectional communication between costumers and the power network in order to provide a common picture of global power use instead of considering only the customer/individual one. Smart meters can be used for this purpose although this point remains open depending on future regulation and utility agreements.

The goal of ENERFICIENCY is to build this common framework and validate it in several scenarios such as factories, hotels, university campus, administrative buildings and homes, but at the same time it is conceived as multi user platform capable of managing user profiles and take advantage of its intensive use for benchmarking purposes.
 

Start: 01/01/2011

End: 31/12/2013

Funder: MITYC

Grant: € 72,595.80

IIiA Coordinator: Joaquim Meléndez

Partners:

Indra
Zeroemissions
Consultoria de projectes Girona
Kema Energy
Estrategia y Dirección
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universitat Jaume 1
Universitat de Girona