Prototype for predictive, autonomous and innovative energy management for buildings

The goal of the project is the development of a demonstrator for testing the viability of new energy-management systems in a building developed in the smart living lab. The physical infrastructure consists in a detached office unit, fully equipped with a heat pump, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, thermal and electrochemical storage. The testing of new energy management procedures developed in the frame of the smart living lab would then be possible in real conditions.

Different optimization in energy system management in buildings is possible. The optimization of the greenhouse gas emissions by a new energy management algorithm has been the subject of the Carbon correlation project (2016-2017) lead by BUILDING2050 research group. The optimization of cost and energy is currently under the scope of the TripleE project (2016-2018). The implementation of these new strategies into a physical demonstrator allows to:

– face the different hardware integration

– test and improve the newly developed energy management systems.

This demonstrator also allows testing the demand side management such as load shift. The project is linked to different research axis of the smart living lab, such as:

– control of active energy systems

– energy networks and economy

– perception of comfort

– interaction with user, behavior.



Project leadership: ENERGY Institute, HEIA-FR: Prof. Elena-Lavinia Niederhauser
Academic partner: EPFL Building2050: Dr. Didier Vuarnoz
Industrial partner: Groupe E: Florient Clerc (Head of Regulated Markets Division)

D. Vuarnoz; S. Cozza; T. Jusselme; G. Magnin; T. Schafer et al. : Integrating hourly life-cycle energy and carbon emissions of energy supply in buildings; Sustainable Cities and Society. 2018-08-29. DOI : 10.1016/j.scs.2018.08.026.
T. Schafer; E.-L. Niederhauser; G. Magnin; D. Vuarnoz : Development and validation of an intelligent algorithm for synchronizing a low-environmental-impact electricity supply with a building’s electricity consumption. 2018. The 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (ICRET 2018), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 16-18, 2018.


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