Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 122

he 2030 framework for climate and energy policies,
agreed by EU leaders on 23 October 2014, aims to
make the EU’s economy and energy system more
competitive, secure and sustainable. The framework sets the
following targets for 2030: a 40% cut in greenhouse gas
emissions compared to 1990 levels, a 30% improvement in
energy efficiency compared to projections, and at least a 27%
share of renewable energy consumption.
To efficiently integrate a high percentage of renewables into the
energy system, demand will have to dynamically adapt to
fluctuations in the supply. This is contrary to conventional energy
systems, where fossil fuel-based ancillary services simply boost
supply to meet demand. Against this background, it is clear that, if
the EU is to succeed and achieve its ambitious 2030 targets, its
energy system has to become smarter and more efficient. In this
evolution of the EU’s ageing energy system, the recognised role of
information and communication technology (ICT) as a key enabler
of smart energy solutions and energy efficiency improvements
across the economy will have to be taken to its full potential.
The Center for Energy Informatics (CFEI) is an interdisciplinary
research, development and innovation (RDI) centre that brings
together 28 researchers in the fields of software engineering,
computer science, applied physics, electrical engineering and
social science to contribute to the green transition towards a
secure and sustainable energy system through the development
and exploitation of innovative, ICT-centred solutions for intelligent
integration and optimisation of the energy flexibility found in
buildings and industrial processes with the fluctuating energy
supply from renewable sources, e.g. wind and solar.
Areas of research, development and innovation
The RDI activities at the CFEI focus on creating ICT solutions for
the intelligent and efficient use of energy within the following four
selected areas:
Smart buildings
– Research focuses on developing ICT solutions
for improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings and
ensuring the energy performance of buildings certified according
to energy efficiency and sustainability standards like ENERGY Star,
LEED and Green Globes. Specific solutions address the
automated monitoring, evaluation and diagnostics of building
energy performance; intelligent building control, considering
relevant factors such as occupant behaviour, weather conditions,
operation of building systems, building typology and
thermodynamics; and grid integration of buildings for providing
demand response services for the main grid during production
shortages or demand peaks;
Smart cities and communities
– Research investigates synergies
between energy supply and demand patterns for energy networks
in cities and rural communities to improve energy efficiency,
increase integration of renewable sources, and provide resilience
towards system faults caused by extreme weather situations like
hurricanes and flooding. Specific focus is on development of a
city-wide co-ordination and control infrastructure for optimising
energy demand and supply in real time;
Smart industries
– Research focuses on developing ICT-centred
solutions for improving the energy efficiency and predictability of
energy-intensive industrial processes, without compromising the
process or product quality. The ICT solutions are based on
advanced mathematical and artificial intelligence models of the
industrial processes that correlate process parameters,
production tasks, product quality and energy consumption. Exact
control of the processes’ energy consumption enables close
integration with the energy networks sustaining the energy flow of
the processes; and
Professor Dr Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen outlines the Center for Energy Informatics’
research into smart energy solutions for creating a sustainable energy system
Be smart, be sustainable
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