New Intelligent Urban Energy Tool Will Manage Energy Efficiency of Entire Cities
iURBAN will change patterns of energy consumption and production according to needs of the city
13th November 2013
13 November, 2013 – A European FP7 project that will result in a more efficient urban system powered by new and interactive relationships between citizens, energy companies and local government was launched last month in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The iURBAN project will create a smart Decision Support System (smartDSS) to the benefit of urban managers and citizens, that will collect, aggregate and analyse real-time or near real-time data from different end-points in the city and will then suggest actions to optimise or improve the overall energy efficiency at urban scale.
The project brings together the expertise of 9 organizations from 6 different countries – IES (UK), Sensing & Control Systems (Spain), Vitrociset (Italy), Franhofer ISE (Germany), University of Freiburg (Germany), Rijeka City Council (Croatia), the Energy Agency of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), together with the cities’ respective energy providers: Energo (Croatia) and EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia (Bulgaria).
Today, roughly half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, consuming two-thirds of total primary energy and generating over 70% of global energy related CO2 emissions. By 2030 it is estimated that around 60% of the world’s projected 8.2 billion people will be housed in cities and towns. This means that residents who live and work within a city will consume around 75% of the world’s annual energy demand. If most of this demand continues to be met by fossil fuels, then cities and towns maintaining a business-as-usual approach will experience large increases in CO2 emissions, greatly endangering the health of citizens and surrounding ecosystems.
The iURBAN smartDSS through the Local Decision Support System (LDSS) will allow citizens to analyse their consumptions and production, to receive information about CO2 savings, to participate actively in the energy market. Through the Centralised Decision Support System (CDSS), the smartDSS will allow utilities, ESCOs, municipalities or other authorised third parties to:
- Get a continuous snapshot of city energy consumption and production;
- Manage energy consumption and production;
- Forecasting of energy consumption;
- Plan new energy “producers” for the future needs of the city;
- Visualise, analyse and take decisions on all the end points that are consuming or producing energy at a city level, enabling them to forecast and plan renewable power generation available and to optimise energy in real time.
Don McLean, Founder and Managing Director of IES commented, “I am delighted that IES are involved in this project to create such innovative tools that will efficiently manage and distribute at a city level the energy produced and consumed at a local level and incorporating citizen behaviour.” He stated, “The project presents the opportunity to make a real difference in significantly reducing the world’s energy consumption and mitigating climate change at a whole city level.”
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